A Mom for Umande ~ Maria Faulconer's Mother's Day Event!

 Me and my mom...

Me and my mom...

Mother's Day is right around the corner, and I always think of the woman who has mothered me from the other side since I was seven. I've missed her sweet smile and her warm hugs, and her ability to always make me feel loved. In honor of the mother whose love I try and pass on to my own children, Happy Mother's Day!

Please enjoy this sweet post about my dear friend, Maria Faulconer's children's book A Mom for Umande. There is nothing more heart warming than a mother's love. 

Enter the raffle to win a lovely prize!




A MOM FOR UMANDE by Maria Faulconer  

The heart-tugging true story of how a baby gorilla found love in the arms of a surrogate mom. 

When Umande was born, his mother didn’t know how to take care of him. So, he was hand-reared by keepers at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs. For eight months, the keepers crawled on the ground with him to show him how to walk; coughed in his face to teach him discipline; and gave him happy gorilla grumbles to encourage him. But for Umande, something was still missing. Luckily, a thousand miles away at the Columbus Zoo, a mom was waiting just for him. 

This touching true story about finding a family will resonate with animal lovers and adoptive families alike. 

Illustrated by Susan Kathleen Hartung
A Mom for Umande: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

About Maria Faulconer

Maria Faulconer has published fiction and nonfiction for children and adults. She loves writing stories, especially ones that tug at the heartstrings. A huge animal lover, and an adoptive mom herself, she knew when she saw a photo of a baby gorilla snuggling with his surrogate mom that she had to tell their story – A Mom for Umande. Her first children’s book, Arianna and the Strawberry Tea, was used for a statewide literacy program. She currently writes for Colorado Springs Style magazine and is working on a YA novel. She lives in Colorado with her husband and two children.

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Event Participants

Monday, May 4th - Coffee Books 7 Art

Monday, May 4th- Pieces of Whimsy

Monday, May 4th - 21st Century Once Upon a Times

Thursday, May 7th- In Between the Pages

Thursday, May 7th- Beauty and the Armageddon

Thursday, May 7th- Deal Sharing Aunt

Thursday, May 7th- A Book and a Latte

Friday, May 8th- The Phantom Paragrapher

Friday, May 8th- Curling Up With a Good Book

Friday, May 8th- Stacy S. Jensen

Saturday, May 9th- Ishiee's Book Blog

Saturday, May 9th- Maureen's Books

Saturday, May 9th- Bookworm for Kids

Sunday, May 10th- LuLo Fangirl

Sunday, May 10th- Refreshingly Riki

Sunday, May 10th- Bumbles & Fairytales

Sunday, May 10th- Books Are Love


GIVEAWAY ~ Click the picture to enter the giveaway!!


Winner will receive a special Mother’s Day gift basket including:

Lavender and Vanilla Candle

A Book of Simple Pleasures

A Lavender Lotion and Hand Soap Set

Vanilla Rose Bubble Bath and Body Lotion

Lavender Chamomile Shea Butter Soap

A White Flower in a Wooden Box

Lavender Soap in a Keepsake Box

Good luck! And please, enjoy your mammas!