Sugar Plum Tree gets storybooks for holiday giveaway

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Sugar Plum Tree Executive Director Bobbie Leon Guerrero recently accepted a donation of 100 books from Guam children’s author Fran Baumann.

Since 2006 the Sugar Plum Tree has been spreading holiday cheer to island children and adults who would not otherwise receive presents.

The youngsters who receive the books this Christmas will be among the first children to get the latest editions of Baumann’s storybooks – ‘Ramon on the Phone’ and ‘Midge at the Fridge’.

The books encourage children to adopt healthy lifestyles by exercising often and eating nutritious foods. They feature CHamoru characters and phrases, along with colorful illustrations, audio narrations, and jump rope songs. They’re suitable for youngsters aged four to ten.

Guam artists Ariel Dimalanta and Stephanie Librando, professional announcer Ray Gibson, singer Ernest Ochoco, and musician Tom Bejado collaborated with Baumann to produce the books, which are also available on the Amazon website.

The Sugar Plum Tree is also seeking other donations of ‘wish-list items’ such as toys, toiletries and new clothes.

The “Big Wrap” will take place December 15 when volunteers wrap up all the gifts donated by Guam businesses and residents and deliver them to more than 800 island children islandwide.