Anik the Unique Alpaca is the story of what it is like to be an alpaca from an alpaca’s point of view. Anik shares her discoveries as she makes new friends and explores the Underwood farm. The underlying message of the tale is that everyone is special and it is in sharing our special qualities with one another that we enrich our lives.
Author Rita Kruse White holds a Master’s Degree in psychology. She is an alpaca farmer and substitute teacher who started penning the story while tending her herd. Her goal in writing the book was to instill confidence and appreciation of diversity in her young readers. She also wanted to communicate the delightful personalities of her alpaca family. Illustrations are superimposed over real photos, which lends a real-life credibility to the fanciful account.
The book, a 32-page softcover, is available on the Underwood Alpacas website.
There are several videos on YouTube that document the antics of alpacas. Above is one.
Children's Books to Promote Individuality
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'Anik the Unique Alpaca' Shows Life As An Animal
Published: Jan 11, 2009 • References: underwoodalpacas