- Author: Alexis D’Angelo
- Category: Arts
- Issue: Sep 2014
READ IT: Gone are the days when children’s books taught the importance of keeping a tidy room; nowadays, kids are taught the importance of keeping a tidy planet. Conrad Storad penned his latest children’s book, Gator, Gator, Second Grader (Five Star Publications) to promote discussion on how classroom pets and other animals should be treated. When second graders Benny and Jacob bring a baby alligator to their classroom in a cardboard box, their teacher Mrs. Nichols sets them straight on what constitutes a proper classroom pet, which leads them on an extemporaneous escapade as they learn about everything from alligators to gerbils.
A Phoenix resident, Storad focuses his books on the Southwest and themes of science literacy, environmental responsibility and a love for the Arizona desert. The award-winning author launches Gator, Gator, Second Grader at a free public event from 2-4 p.m. on Sept. 27 at Coyote Camp at Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, 7677 N. 16th St. Visit squawpeakhilton.com.