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Wonderful informative books on animals
Books to Borrow...Books to Buy
Kendal A. Rautzhan
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 11:00 AM
The more children know about the world around them, the more empowered they are to make decisions, have better control of their emerging world, and are better equipped to become compassionate people. One solid avenue to help children learn is through reading all kinds of books, and today's reviewed selections on animals provide fascinating, thought-provoking information that is certain to intrigue.
Books to Borrow
The following book is available at many public libraries.
"Tarra & Bella: The Elephant and Dog Who Became Best Friends" written and photographed by Carol Buckley, Putnam, 32 pages
Read aloud: age 4 and older.
Read yourself: 8 and older.
The power of friendship can be experienced in many ways, and when that is seen between two unlikely animals, friendship takes on an even deeper, more profound meaning. Such is the circumstance with Tarra, a retired entertainment elephant, and a stray dog, Bella, who found one another at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee.
From the moment the two animals met, they were inseparable. Tarra and Bella ate together, played together, swam together, and slept next to one another.
One day, though, Bella became seriously injured. When rescue workers found Bella in a ditch close to where Tarra stood, Tarra didn't stop them from taking Bella to the animal hospital. Instead, Tarra stood in the same spot for two days where Bella had been found. Then, Tarra made her way to the elephant barn where Bella was recovering, although she didn't see Bella being taken there. They called to each other, and their enduring friendship and love for one another aided in Bella's recovery.
As inspirational and touching as any story can be, "Tarra & Bella" provides a wonderful lesson on the power of friendship for both animals and humans.
Library: Jefferson County Public Library, 420 West Main St., Madison
Library Director: Brent Stokesberry
Children's Librarian: Kara Pettey
Choices this week: "Beware of the Frog" by William Bee; "Dog Heaven" by Cynthia Rylant; "My One Hundred Adventures" by Polly Horvath
Books to Buy
The following books are available at favorite bookstores.
"The Eagles Are Back" by Jean Craighead George, illustrated by Wendell Minor, Dial, 2013, 32 pages, $16.99 hardcover
Read aloud: age 6 - 8.
Read yourself: age 7 - 8.
Years ago, a boy had often fed fish to a pair of bald eagles he had named Uncle Sam and First Lady. The boy hadn't seen the bald eagles in quite some time and was worried about them, and when he climbed to their nest he discovered two smashed eggs. The boy's friend, the ranger, said bald eagles were on the verge of extinction because of the pesticide DDT which Congress recently banned.
Then the ranger showed the boy a bald eagle egg that had come all the way from Alaska with the hope that Uncle Sam and First Lady would adopt the egg. He asked for the boy's help, and the boy's compassion and assistance was one act of many that helped to restore the American bald eagle.
One of award-winning author Jean Craighead George's last works, this tender and extraordinary story, perfectly complemented by the lush paintings of Wendell Minor, is certain to inspire readers both young and old alike.
"Orangutan" written and photographed by Suzi Eszterhas, Francis Lincoln, 2013, 30 pages, $15.99 hardcover
Read aloud: age 3 - 7.
Read yourself: age 7 - 8.
A baby orangutan must learn many important lessons in the six years she lives with her mother in the rainforest of Sumatra, and this exciting book with its remarkable photographs shot on location shows readers what her young life is like.
From learning how to find the right foods, developing her skills and strength to swing through the trees, learning to be social and much more, this fascinating book takes an intimate look at the drama of animal life for young readers.
Nationally syndicated, Kendal Rautzhan writes and lectures on children's literature. She can be reached at her website: www.greatestbooksforkids.com.
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