Mover & Shaker of the Month – Jennifer Mailey Greevy

Local Author, Jennifer Mailey Greevry with her husband, Fasy and son, Logan

Local Author, Jennifer Mailey Greevry with her husband, Fasy and son, Logan

By:  Paula Green

During February, love is in the air and many of us have chocolates on our mind, but instead of talking truffles, let’s shift our focus on a delectable breakfast food – “pancakes.”  Local author, Jennifer Mailey Greevy of O’Hara Township enlightens us on this tasty treat in her children’s book, We ALL Love Pancakes.MS_pancakes book cover

“It’s a book for young children about the importance of inclusion, diversity, civility, respect and kindness, but it doesn’t use any of those words.  Logan is bi-racial, as my husband Fasy is Cambodian and immigrated to America when he was eight years old.  I am white.  Logan attends A Place to Grow preschool.  It occurred to me two years ago that children are often much more tolerant and respectful of one another’s differences, which is what led me to the idea of creating this sensitive story aimed at children ages four through nine, since there are few books about civility, inclusion, diversity and tolerance for that young age range,” commented Greevy.

“The intention of the book is that the message and characters, which represent diverse races, religious backgrounds and abilities is relatable to the young child or reader and that he/she recognizes both the similarities and the differences of all the characters,” Greevy added.

This easy to read book, takes you on Logan’s journey as he explains to his mother, why he likes his friends, and he tells her about their different talents and what type of pancakes they like.  It is a fun story about similiarities and differences.

We All Love Pancakes is Greevy’s first published book.  She earned her Master’s degree in Education Administration from Gannon University in Erie.  For seven years, Greevy worked as a TV journalist at KDKA-TV as a producer and assignment manager.  She also held communications/development leadership roles at the University of Pittsburgh, as well at Gannon University.  Currently she works as the director of Executive and Internal Communications and Employee Recognition at Giant Eagle.

Logan’s favorite pancakes are banana, and his mom’s favorite is whole wheat pumpkin.   We All Love Pancakes is illustrated by Jesse Mader of Pittsburgh.  Softcover editions of the book are available on Amazon. Hardcover gift editions can be purchased by visiting jenmaileygreevy@gmail.com.

The hardcover books are $14.99, but for the month of February, they are discounted to $12.

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