Penny Henny Publishing

Retail Locations

Oakland Zoo

Book Passage

Safari West

San Francisco Zoo

​Sacramento Zoo

​Storyteller Bookstore, Lafayette

Montclair Presbyterian Church Book Depot

About the Books

Is your favorite animal the giraffe? The meerkat? The tiger? The lion? You’ll find these “critters” and many more in these exciting collections of beasts and birds. You might even discover the warthog’s appealing side in Anna Dabney’s two creative books. 

Wildlife Rhymes & Reasons, the author’s new book, is suggested for children ages 6 to 12+, but all ages can find the animal portraits and whimsical poems entertaining and informative. Additional information following each poem may lead to further research and opportunities for conversations about endangered species and efforts to protect them.  Anna’s impressive photos were taken in zoos and wildlife parks in California, supplemented by pictures from outstanding international photographers. 

Teachers and parents will soon be able to download free of charge specific learning activities for Wildlife Rhymes & Reasons. 

Come to the Zoo – Photos & Haiku introduces readers to 26 enchanting creatures from the wild. Each is pictured in a striking, full-page color photo and described by a 3-line haiku, a popular Japanese style of poetry. Young children can learn to recognize these best-loved animals and birds. Older children can use the book as a springboard to writing their own animal haiku verses. The Zoo Haiku book is recommended for ages 2 to 10, but all ages can find enjoyment in its pages.  

Learning activities and lesson plans written by teacher emeritus Sharon Noteboom can be downloaded from this website free of charge as a PDF file. Activities were written specifically for Come to the Zoo for ages 3 – 5, 6 – 7, and 8 – 10

​“I hope my books will help parents and teachers to instill in children a reverence for nature and a desire to conserve and protect wildlife,” says the author, a former teacher.  

Anna's Photo Gallery 

View 15 of 48 pages.

View 15 of 32 pages. 

The author with her grandchildren