In 1988, our founder, Jeff Koopersmith, was rushing between clients in Washington, DC and New York City. During those train rides he often took between the two cities he began to draw animals, and later then placed them in poetic stories. Jeff loves animals, has five dogs of his own, and supports animal welfare organizations on his own and from part of the revenues from our publishing company.
Thus, “Teddy the Tarsier Monkey” was born. Teddy is Jeff's son's name and Jeff began the book as a gift for his son and Ted’s wife Patricia. He chose the Tarsier monkey because it was in danger of disappearing as are many species on our earth and he wanted to write a love story for his son and his son's wife as a testament complete with drawings of these animals, where they lived and what they did to meet each other and finally marry. At the start these drawings were done in pen and inks and then transferred to computers for printing. In later books, Jeff began painting each scene. These paintings are now in galleries on the world wide web and available to decorate children’s rooms and primary school classrooms.
Mr. Koopersmith is concerned about the impact we have on the earth's animals that we all know and have grown up with. So, when he writes he generally chooses a species of animal that is listed on the Red List of organizations that follow endangered species that are in very serious danger of leaving us soon because their habitats are threatened, or they are over-hunted, or used for this or that nefarious, decorative, or "magical food" purpose. For instance hundreds of thousands of sharks are brutally killed for their fins and teeth each year. Rhinos are poached and killed simply because some people believe their horns, which are nothing more than fingernail-like body parts, are going to give them vigor. The list is endless.
From Polar Bears to Proboscis Monkeys, From Penguins to Whales, Jeff Koopersmith has covered only a part of this story in the over a dozen books, poetry for kids, and 200 paintings he has done on their behalf. He continues to produce each day.
Jeff's aim is to teach children, at an early age, to respect animals - and to show how ingenious they are naturally by giving them human powers to think, investigate, and solve their problems with a little help from us - the people of the earth.
these stories are written for children, there is no blood or gore in them.
There is no shooting of animals by poachers - only the hint the sometimes
people do stupid things. Nothing in these works will disturb the chldren but will only move them ask questions and watch out for animals in general and perhaps in specific.
Every book ends happily as it should, and every animal Jeff writes about is successful in his or her quest to help save himself and his kind.
Mr. Koopersmith is also quite concerned that the next generation of children will not have the chance to read books made of paper and inks; books that smell new, and smell even better as they grow older and used or shared with others. Mr. Koopersmith wants his books to be carried under a tree, or near the ocean to read, He is not against electronic or computer-read books at all, but he insists that all of our books are published in print and can also be used on computer devices such as a Kindle, IPad, or Surface, as well as almost any touch pad device including most cell phones. Our books are printed on fine papers that will last for lifetimes. Each is hard-bound in gold-stamped leather-like bindings and have not only full color dust covers, but each also has a wonderful slip case to make every volume what we call “heirloom quality”. In fact sets of these books are available and the sets also come with a lovely case in which the volumes can be stored and cared-for for the next one to come along and enjoy them.
Jeff Koopersmith hopes that a little fantasy, a little fun, and some wonderful art can give the next generation a taste of loving life and protecting it wherever possible. It's this awareness, from childhood to old age that will, in the end, make the Earth a better place for all.
Donna Wynner, Koopersmith PBC - Kids for Books LLC
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