A Turtle Named Mertle Explores the Zoo in 'The Zoo Crew'

Filled with colorful illustrations, Sara June Asay's debut children's book, "The Zoo Crew" (published by Archway Publishing), aims to teach children how to read, exploring the world inside a zoo with a fun crew of animals.

"It's an easy read for beginning readers, and the pictures are fun to look at and easy to follow through the book for children that haven't yet begun to read," Asay explains.

Mertle the turtle takes readers on a journey with her as she makes her way through the zoo after it closes for the night. Along the way, Mertle meets both old and new friends such as Sunny the bunny, Powell the owl, Smicket the cricket and Amanda the panda. Intended to be a bedtime story, each animal says goodnight when the adventure is over.

"I think it's important to always be encouraging children to take adventures through books, and to be encouraging parents to read to their children," Asay says. "It's becoming a lost tradition, but I think this book can really help remind us how special it is to spend time together as a family, reading and enjoying books."

"The Zoo Crew"
By Sara June Asay
Hardcover | 8.5 x 11 in | 40 pages | ISBN 9781480853454
Softcover | 8.5 x 11 in | 40 pages | ISBN 9781480853430
E-Book | 40 pages | ISBN 9781480853447
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Sara June Asay is currently studying to be a nurse while working at a craft store and as a self-employed artist. Asay resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she enjoys painting, crocheting and helping others. "The Zoo Crew" is her first book.

Simon & Schuster, a company with nearly ninety years of publishing experience, has teamed up with Author Solutions, LLC, the leading self-publishing company worldwide, to create Archway Publishing. With unique resources to support books of all kind, Archway Publishing offers a specialized approach to help every author reach his or her desired audience. For more information, visit http://www.archwaypublishing.com or call 888-242-5904.

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