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Sasha Rayyn

Stephanie Fazekas-Hardy says culture is at the heart of her books. The local author and librarian, who writes as SF Hardy, has written four children’s books.

Fazekas-Hardy says she started writing when she was a child. She says it helped her when there were things she could or did not feel comfortable discussing.

As an adult, she wants to tell stories about travel, animals and culture.

SF Hardy’s “Like a Salad” explores the nuances of skin through the eyes of children.

“My first book ‘The Empress’ New Hair ‘is loosely based on my experiences with my hair,’ Fazekas says. people react differently depending on how my hair is – whether it’s curly or straight, long short.”

Hardy’s book “Dancing Monkeys in My Soup” is more complicated than the title suggests. There are monkeys – finger monkeys, even – but there are also dances and dishes from Peru.

“I have no connection with Peru,” Fazekas-Hardy said. “I would like to go there one day.”

“Peru was selected when I started to do my research on pygmy marmosets. Not only did “Peru” rhyme with soup — because I found the title first… I love dancing and I love food. So I started researching pygmy marmosets and learned that one of their habitats was in Peru. …And as I started researching Peru, I learned more about Afro-Peruvian dances. So it all came together.

Jabbar, the frustrated hero of “Dancing Monkeys in My Soup” also stars in Fazekas-Hardy’s new book “Bush Baby, Buh Baby Go to Sleep.”

“He travels to different continents, different countries on different continents, and encounters animals that we don’t normally hear about,” says Fazekas-Hardy.

In the new book, Jabbar is in Kenya trying to fall asleep when nocturnal bush babies invade his room.

“So there’s a little jingle ‘bush baby, bush baby go to sleep; mom won’t hear a peek.

Fazekas-Hardy explores the behaviors and sounds of the animal and the culture of the environment around it.

She says her mission is to cultivate the pleasure of reading – as an author and as a writer.

“Reading is my drug of choice. And so I try to share it with everyone.

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  • Sascha Raiyn is an education reporter at 101.9 WDET. She is originally from Detroit and grew up listening to news and music programming on Detroit Public Radio.

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