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STLCC-Wildwood Instructor Publishes Second Children’s Book

January 29, 2014

How to Grow a Hippo  

Becky Schantz, mathematics instructor at St. Louis Community College-Wildwood, has published her second children’s book, titled “How to Grow a Hippo.”

Schantz’s book is based on a study about the relationship between brain development in children and a mother’s love. The idea for the book came to her after she read an article by Joan Luby, M.D., a professor of child psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine, about the impact of nurturing a child’s hippocampus, a structure in the brain important to learning, memory and response to stress.

“I just love your book -- I think it is lovely – truly,” wrote Luby after she read the book. “I wish you the best of luck in getting this book out to the public – it could really serve an important purpose for children and parents.”

Her first children’s book, “Mommy, How Many Numbers Are There?”, is based on a question that her then 4-year-old son, Jack, asked her one day. Information about both books can be found at Jack's Back Books