Tag Archives: Environment

What Elephants Know

Young Nandu was abandoned in the Nepalese Borderlands and raised by a pack of dhole, Asiatic wild dogs, much like Mowgli in The Jungle Book, until he was brought to the king’s elephant stable. There, Subba-sahib, the stable head, and Devi Kali, a protective female elephant become his new “parents.” Nandu wants to be a mahout, an elephant driver. He goes to boarding school where his teacher, Father Autry, becomes his mentor. When the elephant stable is to be closed, Nandu works to save it. This beautiful coming-of-age story includes rich detail about the culture of Nepal and a wealth of knowledge about the natural world. A glossary helps with the Nepalese words and common elephant commands. Maps adorn the endpapers. The book “dedicated to elephant lovers everywhere” was written by a world-class scientist specializing in the ecology of the Himalayan region. mjw
Title: What Elephants Know
Author: Eric Dinerstein
Publisher
: Disney Hyperion
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1484728543
Hardcover pages
: 288
Age range
: 9-12
Genre
: Fiction
Book setting
: Nepal
Author’s ethnicity
: U.S.
Author’s residence
: U.S.
Awards
: 2017 South Asia Book Award
Subjects
: Elephants, India, Jungles, Nepal history 20th century, Orphans

Story Worlds Nature

9781848574809.jpgEvery picture tells a story. What do you think it is? Observe, inquire and wonder to discover the answers. Throughout this picture book, wordless images tell true stories of nature. The readers get to guess each story while looking at the minimalist animal illustrations showing scenes from around the globe. From puffins, to giraffes, to the simple tree frog, each animal is painted in its natural environment. At the end of the picture book, the story of each picture is explained with a short sentence describing what the animal is doing or experiencing. amo
Title: Story Worlds Nature
Author: Thomas Hegbrook
Illustrator
: Thomas Hegbrook
Publisher
: 360 Degrees; Tiger Tales
Copyright
: 2016
ISBN
: 978-1-944530-01-3
Hardcover pages
: 64
Age range
: 7-10
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Around the World
Subjects
: Animals, Nature

The Last Tree

the-last-treeA small boy lives in a concrete city without grass or trees. One day, he and a friend discover a tiny sapling growing behind a wall. He dreams about the tree growing huge and majestic. But the next day, the front page of the newspaper reads “247-Floor Luxury Condo! Construction to start this week.” He and his friend know they have to dig up the sapling and replant it in a safe place to make sure the last tree survives. This powerful environmental message is further conveyed by artwork rendered in charcoal, gravure ink, gouache, pencil, and digitally. mjw
Title: The Last Tree
Author: Ingrid Chabbert
Illustrator
: Guridi
Publisher
: Kids Can Press. Toronto
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: French
Original Title
: Le dernier arbre
Original Publisher
: Editions Fri Mousse
Original Copyright
: 2015
ISBN
: 978-1-77138-728-6
Hardcover pages
: 36
Age range
: 4-7
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: French
Author’s residence
: France
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Spanish
Illustrator’s residence
: Spain
Subjects
: City life, Environment, Trees

Ada’s Violin: The Story Of The Recycled Orchestra Of Paraguay

Adas ViolinEleven-year-old Ada Rios lives with her family in a landfill in Cateura in Paraguay’s capital city of Asuncion. It is one of the poorest slums in all of South America. Favio Chavez, an environmental engineer sent to Cateura to teach safety practices to the gancheros (recyclers) working in the dangerous heaps of trash, worried about the children and decided to offer them music lessons. Since they could not afford instruments, they created cellos, flutes, guitars, violins, and more out of garbage. In time, Chavez’s music class became the Recycled Orchestra. Now, the orchestra plays around the world, spreading their message of hope and inspiration. They even opened for a Metallica concert. This true story is illustrated with mixed media collages. Spanish words are smoothly integrated into the text. An author’s note; websites, videos, and sources; and a photo of string instruments made from oil drums, paint cans, and pieces of wooden crates are included. The book is also available in a Spanish edition, El Violin de Ada: La historia de la Orquesta de Intrumentos Reciciados del Paraguaymjw
Title: Ada’s Violin: The Story Of The Recycled Orchestra Of Paraguay
Author: Susan Hood
Illustrator
: Sally Wern Comport
Publisher
: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, New York
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-4814-3096-8
Hardcover pages
: 40
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Paraguay
Author’s ethnicity
: U.S.
Author’s residence
: Connecticut, U.S.
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: U.S.
Illustrator’s residence
: Maryland, U.S.
Subjects
: Classical music, instruments, Music, Musicians, orchestra, Recycling, Spanish

Wild Animals Of The South

This gorgeous information book looks at animals of South America, Africa, Asia, Australia, and Antarctica, from flamingoes and okapis to two-toed sloths and Indian peafowl. Most of the wildlife images are accompanied by compelling and often humorous descriptive paragraphs. The accurate representations of the animals from the southern hemisphere really make the book. A note providing more information and an index are included. A companion books is Wild Animals of the North. mjw
Title: Wild Animals Of The South
Author: Dieter Braun
Illustrator
: Dieter Braun
Publisher
: Flying Eye, an imprint of Nobrow Inc, London, New York
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: German
Translator
: Jen Calleja
Original Title
: Die Welt der wilden tiere: Im Suden
Original Publisher
: Knesebeck GmbH and Co. Verlag KG. Munchen
Original Copyright
: 2014
ISBN
: 978-1-909263-97-0
Hardcover pages
: 152
Age range
: 5-8
Genre
: Picture Book, Information Book, Nonfiction
Book setting
: South America, Asia, Africa, Australia, Antarctica
Author’s ethnicity
: German
Author’s residence
: Hamburg, Germany
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: German
Illustrator’s residence
: Hamburg, Germany
Subjects
: Endangered animals, Southern hemisphere, Wild animals, Wilderness

Stop Feedin’ Da Boids!

stop-feedin-da-boidsWhen Swanda and her dog Waldo move from the countryside to Brooklyn, Swanda misses the wildlife she left behind . . . but not for long. She discovers pigeons and decides to give them a bird feeder all their own. But more and more pigeons come until the situation really gets out of hand. Swanda asks various people for help – the Pest Control Officer, the Zookeeper, and an Exotic Bird Fancier from Peru. They cannot help. At this point her neighbors step in and offer their Brooklynese solution: “Swanda, You Gotta Stop Feedin’ Da Boids!” Swanda is not happy without animals and then she sees a fish in a pet shop window. Vibrant pencil and digitally illustrated artwork add to this amusing tribute to multicultural New York. mjw
Title: Stop Feedin’ Da Boids!
Author: James Sage
Illustrator
: Pierre Pratt
Publisher
: Kids Can Press, Toronto
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-77138-613-5
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 3-7
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Brooklyn, New York
Author’s ethnicity
: English
Author’s residence
: England
Illustrator’s residence
: Lisbon, Portugal and Montreal, Canada
Subjects
: Birds, City life, Fish, Pigeons

When The Rain Comes

when-the-rain-comesMalini, who lives in a village in Sri Lanka, is in charge of the oxcart that carries the rice seedlings for the new rice crop. The sky grows dark and monsoon rains cause a flash flood. Malini is separated from the cart and her family. She summons strength she didn’t know she had and saves the rice. The free verse text provides a suspenseful slice of South Asian life. Paint and pencil impressionistic illustrations depict the rain’s ferocity. Back matter gives additional information about Sri Lanka, its geography, and the importance of rice to the culture. mjw
Title: When The Rain Comes
Author: Alma Fullerton
Illustrator
: Kim La Fave
Publisher
: Pajama Press, Toronto
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English
Original Copyright
: 2016
ISBN
: 978-1-77278-012-3
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Sri Lanka
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Canada
Illustrator’s residence
: Canada
Subjects
: Asia, Autonomy, Farm and ranch life, Monsoons, Rain, Rice planting, Self-esteem, Self-reliance, Self-respect, Weather