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Thanks to the Animals

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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  45 ratings  ·  10 reviews
This book is a joy to read-a hymn to the wild world, sung in warm illustrations, told in the most reassuring of words. -Charlotte Agell, author and illustrator of Dancing Feet This delightful story is a wonderful example of both the subtle directness and the deep awareness of our relation to the natural world that characterizes the very best American Indian traditional sto ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Tilbury House Publishers
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Wayne S.
If you are a parent, have you ever accidentally left a child behind when traveling? It is around 1900, and following the coming of the first snows, Joo Tum is taking his family on the long journey from their summer home by the seashore to their winter home in the deep inland woods. However, while he leads the horse and the rest of the family sleeps on the sled, the baby, little Zoo Sap, stands up and tumbles off. All different kinds of animals, alerted by his crying, come to help keep the wee on ...more
Jill
This lovely book not only offers warm reassurance to small children about being protected, but helps convey the Native American approach to nature, including the idea that both the animals and the land are deserving of our respect and gratitude.

It is the year 1900, and the time for the Passamaquoddy tribe to make their winter migration in Maine. Baby Zoo Sap is loaded onto the family bobsled when his family moves from their summer home into the deep woods for the winter. Zoo Sap falls off the s
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Destiny Dawn Long
This is a really beautiful and gentle story about a Passamaquoddy family that is moving from the coast for the winter. Along the way, the baby, Zoo Sap, falls from the sled. The local animals respond to his cries and gather to keep him warm. When the father finally discovers his son is missing, he goes out and finds him. He thanks the animals for keeping the boy safe and warm.

It's a nice way for children to learn about traditional ways of life for the Passamaquoddy, as well as their regard for
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Miss Pippi the Librarian
It is time for the family to move from the summer home to their winter home. The house is torn down and stacked up on the sled with the family on last. The family was tucking into blankets, but curious baby Zoo Sap stood up and tumbled from the sled. No one from the family heard his cries, but the forest animals came to investigate. They saw Zoo Sap and knew they needed to keep him warm.

This is a warm and loving tale to read during a cold, winter night. Listeners can also count all the animals t
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Jillian Heise
Traditinal story of the Passamaquoddy tribe. Animals who gather to protect a baby when he falls off a sled during the family's winter migration in Maine.
Jennifer
Zoo Sap falls off of his family's sled, the animals step in to help keep him warm. This is a great book to use when talking about Native Americans, animals, and winter. A great read for a calming transition.
Lisa
Another wonderful story about a child being raised by a group of animals. This book has great references to the Indian names for the animals in this story.
Michelle
When Zoo Sap accidently falls off a sled during the family's move to a winter home, animals come from all over to gather around and keep the baby warm.
Sarah
Great story about a little boy that is taken in by animals when he lost as his family is moving.
Brooke
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Beautiful pictures. A great book to use when taking about the season, forest or families.
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