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Merchants Who Care release new edition of Wildlife Coloring Book

By Staff | Jul 13, 2010

Pictured in the front from left is Johanna Felberbaum, Three Crafty Ladies; Carol DeCesare, Three Crafty Ladies; Marie Stevens, Toys Ahoy!; Anne Joffe, She Sells Sea Shells; Wendy Erler-Schnapp, Tarpon Bay Explorers; Jan Gabrielson, Nanny’s Children’s Shoppe; Claudia Burns, publisher; and Susie Holly, MacIntosh Books & Paper. Back row from left is David Joffe, She Sells Sea Shells; Renny Severance, graphic design/layout; Daniel Moore Thompson, Suncatchers’ Dream; and George Schnapp, Tarpon Bay Explorers.

The owners of seven island businesses — collectively called Merchants Who Care — gathered at Three Crafty Ladies late last month to toast a recently-revised version of The Wildlife Coloring Book. Sponsors of the project include MacIntosh Books & Paper, Nanny’s Children’s Shoppe, She Sells Sea Shells, Suncatchers’ Dream, Tarpon Bay Explorers, Three Crafty Ladies, and Toys Ahoy!

The Wildlife Coloring Book features cartoons created by Dave Horton in 2001 to depict, in a humorous way, guidelines for human interaction with the abundant and approachable wildlife on Sanibel and Captiva.


Merchants Who Care have banded together to cover the expense of printing The Wildlife Coloring Book, which includes sponsor ads and coupons. Participants provide the book to visitors free-of-charge, so they will learn how to act (and not to act) toward wild animals.


The Wildlife Coloring Book is available at Lighthouse Café’, MacIntosh Books & Paper, Nanny’s Children’s Shoppe, Over Easy Café’, She Sells Sea Shells, Suncatchers’ Dream, Three Crafty Ladies and Toys Ahoy!


Supporters of The Wildlife Coloring Book recognize and appreciate the synergism of sponsoring/distributing educational coloring books that showcase our unique environmental assets and encourage visitors to respect and preserve these resources.

Recipients develop loyalty toward participating establishments as well as learn the ethics of interacting with wildlife. Wild animals suffer less stress when humans give them their space rather than harass them. And participating businesses sustain a healthy economy in our environment-centric community by promoting other sponsors as well as themselves.


In short, involvement with this high-quality giveaway is a win-win situation all around. For more information about educational coloring books, please send an e-mail to cshellart@hotmail.com.