The Perfect Party

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Written by Laurel P. Jackson, illustrated by Hélène Baum-Owoyele

A delightful story about the beauty of different cultures and the strength of collaboration.

It’s Little Robin’s birthday, and all the zoo animals want to help him celebrate! Yet with each animal comes different ideas from around the world. So how does one plan the perfect birthday party? First, there’s music! As all the eager creatures join in for a birthday song, what should have been harmonious music turns into chaos: mooing, yelping, braying, and squawking! And then there’s the food! Everyone has their own favorite meals, and no one can agree on anything. But amidst all the noise rings one true note—the recipe for a perfect party? Friends who want to celebrate!

From author Laurel Paula Jackson and illustrator Helene Baum comes a delightful story about the beauty of different cultures and the strength of collaboration. Make this your special gift for any young reader and animal lover celebrating a birthday!

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  • Format: Jacketed Hardcover
  • Pages: 32
  • Size: 10.6 X 8.1
  • Price: $12.99
  • Age Range: 3-6 years
  • Publication Date: 08/10/2021
  • ISBN: 978-1-953458-12-4


“A tidy promotion of cross-cultural collaboration unites this chaotic picture book by Jackson, with bright, jovial illustrations created in watercolor and rendered digitally by Baum-Owoyele.” –Publishers Weekly

“Busy, crowded, vibrant—like a party. Baum-Owoyele’s cheerful watercolors have a true party feeling . . . The bright colors and keen-edged shapes . . . bounce with energy.” –Kirkus Reviews

What to Expect:

  • THE POWER IN TEAMWORK: With expectations high and every eager to join in, this group of zoo friends will learn to work together to pull off the birthday perfect party for their friend.
  • THE JOY IN DIFFERENT CULTURES: This book takes a look at different cultural customs—including food songs—and showcases how the melding of various cultures can be the sweetest recipe after all.
  • CALLING ON ALL ANIMAL LOVERS: Kids will delight in identifying the many animals throughout each page, learning what sounds they make, and the countries they come from!
  • A PERFECT GIFT BOOK FOR BIRTHDAYS: The core of this book is all about a birthday celebration—and what better book to pair for a children’s birthday party?
  • UNEXPECTED ENDING: Amidst all the party chaos, Little Robin disappears into a well, but readers will enjoy the humorous disaster turned happy ending.
  • CHARMING WATERCOLOR ILLUSTRATIONS: These expressive animal illustrations are full of color, detail, and personality.

Author Bio

Dr. Laurel P. Jackson grew up in several countries around the world and writes stories that inspire readers to think about their connection to others. Laurel works as an international educational consultant for governmental institutions and has initiated a number of projects to empower children. She lives in Berlin, Germany and loves creating delicious recipes for friends and family. You can visit her online at

Hélène Baum-Owoyele is a French-German illustrator based in Berlin. “There are no lines in nature, only areas of colour, one against another.” –Manet. This principle guides her work and life. Originally a trained graphic designer, she enjoys creating colorful, vibrant images which draw inspiration from her multicultural background. Her watercolor and vector artworks have been used in various contexts, from the editorial to advertising. See more at

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