Jennifer Wallis, adjunct professor in Fontbonne University’s social work program recently published a children’s book titled, “Adventures with Scarlet the Dolphin: Green Sea Turtles.” The book chronicles the adventures of 8-year-old Hailey who lives on the beach and spends her time with her best friend, Scarlet the Dolphin. Scarlet takes Hailey on a new adventure in the ocean every day, and this time they are off the coast of Hawaii to learn about sea turtles.
Wallis – who swam with a dolphin named Scarlet at the age of 19 during a family vacation – was inspired by her children to put her experiences on paper. It was an idea she’d been toying with since that trip, but not until she started reading to daughters Adelynn, 4, and Faith, 2, did she actually begin writing.
During the month of February, Wallis will donate one book for every 10 sold to the Pajama Program, a nonprofit organization that provides new pajamas and books for children in need.
Wallis hopes to make a series out of her “Adventures with Scarlet the Dolphin” books. Pending publication, Hailey and Scarlet’s next adventure will take them to the coast of San Francisco to learn about California Sea Lions.
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