Photo submitted – Shown (left to right) is Marc Verri and Finley with Matthew Verri and Colleen Corsi giving the thumbs up.

LITTLE FALLS – An interactive storybook for children that focuses on the importance of physical activity will be published by New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Inc. (NYS AHPERD), located in Little Falls, New York.

The book titled The Adventures of Finley: Finley Gets Moving gives readers the opportunity to bring the pages to life with accompanying the physical activity. The main character Finley is a sheepdog and the official mascot of NYS AHPERD who travels to their events throughout New York State. Finley loves to be active and in the book shows his best friend Sasha, a calico cat, how to get moving and make healthy decisions. Reneé Brown, a member of NYS AHPERD, authored the book, and illustrators were Little Falls residents Matthew Verri and his father, Marc Verri.

“Starting good exercise habits early is a key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This book will show children some easy ways to get started and how to inspire a friend to do the same,” stated NYS AHPERD Executive Director Colleen Corsi. “We were delighted to have the creative artwork by local artists, Matthew, and Marc Verri, bring Finley and Sasha to life in this book.” Corsi noted that a fun element in the book is that some of the drawn scenes may look familiar to Little Falls residents.

NYS AHPERD is a professional organization whose mission is to support, encourage, and advocate for physically active and healthy lifestyles through school programs in health education, physical education, recreation, and dance.

Anticipated publication of the book is late April. To order a copy, call the NYS AHPERD central office at 315-823-1015.