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Here Comes the Bride...
Photographer: Katie Schneider
The latest installment in the Zaki and Venus book series, Zaki and Venus Get Married has been released. A beautiful bride, a dashing groom, guests, flowers and wedding cake - Zaki and Venus' very special day is chronicled with photos and rhyme.

Zaki and Venus Book Readings

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Nardin Montessori ^ ^
October, 2009 - Reading of Zaki and Venus Get Married to an enthusiastic class. View more photos »
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Book Signing Session - Zaki and Venus Get Married ^ ^
Book Expo America - BEA, Held on May 28-31, 2009 in the Jacob Javits Center, New York, NY. This is the premier event for the North American publishing industry. View more photos »
Northwood Elementary School, West Seneca, NY ^ ^
May 27, 2009. Therese did a book reading for the third grade class at Northwood Elementary along with Andrew Peters, a Buffalo Sabres hockey player. She introduced the children to the newly published, Zaki and Venus Get Married. Many thanks for all of wonderful thank you letters! View more photos »
Heim Elementary School ^ ^
May 26, 2009. Teacher Jacalyn Ritz and her third grade (24 kids) enjoyed both Zaki and Vebus book, including Sarah Gian (Therese's cousin, Matt Gian's, daughter). View more photos »
Clinton Elementary, West Seneca, NY
May 11, 2009. A half day visit with four different times to read and discuss being an author to the children. Pre-K through Grade 3 classes. Jeanne Komoroske, teacher of Grade 3 class.
Westminster Early Education Center, Buffalo, NY ^ ^
April 22, 2009. Tee met with preschoolers to read them the latest Zaki and Venus adventure, Zaki and Venus Get Married. View more photos »

Forest Elementary, Amherst, NY ^ ^
January 5th, 2009. Mrs. Corrigan, Mrs. Celeste, Mrs. Syracuse, Miss Leone, Mrs. Grimm, second grades classes.
See some letters from the students »

B is for Books Book Store, Orchard Park, NY ^ ^
All day there were canine themed events, including a reading and book signing by Therese, Zaki and Venus. The dogs entertained all day as Therese and other children read the book to kids. View more photos »

Buffalo Public School #33 Bilingual Center, Buffalo, NY ^^
June 20th, 2008. Mrs. Lynn Barnes 2nd grade class

The Charter School for Applied Technologies ^^
September 16th 2008. Celebration of Reading event. Ms. Doherty's second grade class. The children in the class loved the book so much they all gave Therese a group hug!

South Buffalo Charter School, Buffalo, NY ^ ^
Therese was the guest of teacher Ms. Courtney Brydges (above, right) and her 5th grade class at South Buffalo Charter School on Wednesday June 4, 2008.

Corner House Nursery School, Amherst, NY
Therese visited the 4 year old class at the Corner House Nursery Scholl on Friday, May 30, 2008. Her presentation was part of Mrs. Wild's Friday Literature day.

Northwood Elementary School, West Seneca, NY ^ ^
Therese visited Northwood Elementary on Thursday May 2, 2008. She did a book reading for the third grade class along with Mike Ryan, a hockey player with the Buffalo Sabres. She introduced the children to the newest book to be out in the Fall of 2008, Zaki and Venus Get Married. They were the first ones to even hear the words to the book and gave some good feedback. All of the children were wonderful to read to and showed so much interest. As one student stated "Tee you are awesome" and another said, "wow, this has been the greatest day ever...we had two celebrities in our class all in one day!". These were very touching moments for "Tee" and each and every child was special in their own way. Plus, they LOVE dogs!!! Many thanks to Northwood Elementary and Ms. Karen Kennedyfor the visit and for all of wonderful thank you letters!

Roosevelt Early Childhood Center, Buffalo, NY ^ ^
Therese does her first book reading at Roosevelt Early Childhood Center (School 65), in the Riverside Section of the city of Buffalo, NY, on Wednesday August 1, 2007. Over 70 children of all ages were in attendance and they all enjoyed the book thoroughly. They loved that Zaki and Venus were getting married!

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