Sonya Brown Coleman, Children's Book Author, Vegan
Inez Goodman, Artist and Illustrator
October 13, 2022
When Sonya Brown Coleman decided she wanted to write a children’s book she knew there are three elements it would have to include: 1) It would be about cooking and food, 2) It would feature vegan fare, and 3) it would be illustrated by her mom. She planned it out and hit a home run with her very first effort, Sunni and The Birthday Bash.
Coleman, a mother of 5 and grandmother of 9, is passionate about educating people in general and kids in particular about the wonderful benefits of adopting a more healthful, and specifically vegan lifestyle. Tons of empirical science would tend to agree with her assessments, too. Still, in many communities, it’s borderline impossible to find good vegan choices in restaurants. It’s even more challenging to get it on the fly. So Coleman thought that the book could serve multiple purposes, entertain, educate, and instruct. Her book nails all three.
To illustrate it she called on her multi-talented mom, Inez Goodman, who beautifully lays out the story visually. Talented artist though she is, she brings a veritable plethora of skills and a lifetime of experiences to the table. That worldliness infuses her art with an energy borne of a palette of genres she has engaged in over the years, including world travel, the arts, and time spent performing and singing in a girl group.
It’s an eclectic and awesome romp through multiple spheres with Sonya and Inez. We had so much fun with them we almost forgot to end the show! Heck we practically didn’t as they stayed with us for a long while after the show ended. They really are two of the most interesting and engaging people you’ll ever meet, and you’ll get to meet them both in this episode of Fish and The Flint Chronicles!