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Ruth Wilkes has a keen interest in all aspects of children’s health, especially in nutritious food choices. While editing her daughter’s award winning book, Nature’s Secret Messages: hidden in plain sight, she became fascinated by the star shapes on fruit. This inspired her to create fruit characters eager to show their stars as a fun way to interest kids in healthy fruit, and in energizing movement. She added "Fun Facts About Fruit” at the end of the imaginative story as an entertaining way for everyone to connect with nature and see where fruit really comes from. Ruth’s own healthy lifestyle includes meditation, Nia and Zumba (forms of dance) aerobics, yoga, and having a healthy diet and environment. She also works on her Mac computer, enjoys workshops, and is involved in film and book discussion groups. Ruth grew up in the fruit-belt in southwest Michigan, and now lives in Hinsdale, Illinois. She has four daughters and three grandchildren.