This is one of my favorite things about the holidays: getting up in the dark and turning on the Christmas tree lights, then sitting with a book (or in this case my computer as I write my blog :)), the dogs, and a cup of coffee, enjoying the beauty and peace while the rest of the house is still asleep. There's something lovely about having a tree in the living room :)
I'm going to be brief (for me :)) today, because visiting family is here, and I'm way behind on baking and wrapping, and I'm guessing you all have important people and things to get to also. So first, my Perfect Picture Book and then just one other little thing :)
Written (Told) By: Juliana, Isabella, and Craig Hatkoff and Dr. Gerald R. Uhlich
Photographs By: Peter Griesbach, Andre Schule, Sean Gallup, Rainer Jensen and others.
Scholastic Press, November 2007
Suitable For: ages 5 and up
Themes/Topics: animals, endangered animals, caring, environmentalism
Opening: "One December afternoon, in a cozy, dark enclosure in a zoo in Berlin, Germany, a polar bear cub was born."
Brief Synopsis: This is the true story of Knut, a newborn polar bear whose mother was unable to care for him. Thomas Dorflein, a bear keeper at the zoo, became Knut's "foster father" - bottle feeding him, bathing him, sleeping beside him and teaching him to play and swim. Knut was loved the world over, and helped bring recognition to the plight of polar bears, endangered by the potential loss of their habitat.
Links to resources: Knut Teaching Resources. This link has subsequent links to activities, video clips, articles, and other animals-against-adversity stories. The back of the book also has lots of information about polar bears, how they are threatened, and how you can help.
Why I Like This Book: It's a true story, and a deeply touching one, that is also educational and informative. The photographs are gorgeous and very appealing. It shows that there are people in the world who care enough to sacrifice a great deal to help someone else - even if that someone else happens to be a baby polar bear. The book brings attention to ecological concerns, the environment, and caring for all species, and lists ways kids can help.
For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.
(For those of you also posting a Perfect Picture Book today, please remember to put your link on the list below.)
And now, for the one other little thing.
The Holiday Contest is officially closed with a grand total of 29 fabulous entries (28 on the link list and one in the comment section.) I will post finalists on Monday (and yes, Penny and Cathy, I will probably be needing some of that Red Bull because I was very ambitious thinking I was going to have time for this on top of all the other Christmas activities!!) Of course, I've read them all already, but making decisions about which are best is going to be VERY hard. You guys have cut my work out for me :)
And now, Happy Holidays to everyone! I wish you all love, health, peace and joy :)