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The Amalaganimals: Different Like Me, is a Brand New Children's Book Geared for Mutli-Racial Kids

The Amalaganimals: Different Like Me story is but the first in a proposed series of books that will appeal to multi-racial children, not only to understand themselves and others better, but also to help foster tolerance and unity in generations to come.

Bronx, NY, November 12, 2009 --( Meet the Amalaganimals. A group of four energetic animal kids who are all the product of mixed couplings. Together, they set out on a journey of self-discovery learning not only about themselves but also about other races and cultures.

Along the way they learn to appreciate their dual heritages and promote acceptance and understanding.

Even the very title ‘Amalaganimals’ is a fitting fusion of the words ‘amalagam’ (which means to combine), and ‘animal’.

The kids themselves consist of Luxly the Liger, who is half tiger and half lion. Luxly is the group’s defacto leader, as it is he who first sets out to find other children like himself.

Next, is Puck the Platypus, who is not quite as adventurous as his friends, Puck tends to be the group’s worry-wart and likes nothing better than to play in the mud and water.

Zora the Zorse is half zebra and half horse. As feisty as they come, Zora has a bit of a chip on her shoulder and likes to show off her strength and speed.
Finally, there’s Cory the Coydog, who is ever the prankster. Cory is the proverbial trickster being half coyote but is very loyal to his friends due to his dog half.

While the adventures of the Amalaganimals can be enjoyed by all, the characters were created specifically for the real children of multi-racial descent. The author’s goal is to assist bi-racial children in identifying their differences and celebrating the combination of their dual heritages. The Amalaganimal’s creator, Stephen Pantoja, himself the child of an interracial family, knows first hand what it is like growing up not having characters that he could relate to, or not being able to read stories about the questions a young mind might have about themselves being from two diverse cultures.

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