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Thanks to the Animals

4.1  ·  Rating details ·  84 Ratings  ·  18 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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BOOK CHOICE #3 – Thanks to the Animals: 10th Anniversary Edition
By Allen J. Sockabasin, Rebekah Raye

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There is a wonderful author’s note at the end of this book that explains some of the cultural phenomenon mentioned in the story, such as why the Passamaquoddy people in this story were moving their log cabin for the winter. The author talks about the migratory pat
Wayne S.
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Becca Ramsey
This book a really cute story about a Native American baby. During a harsh winter while traveling on a bob sled, Zoo Sap and his family was traveling back home from a long journey. When the elders fell asleep on the sled, little Zoo Sap stood up and fell off the sled. It was so cold outside and the little baby was crying. The animals in the wilderness came one by one and piled on top of the little baby to keep him warm. When his parents got home, they realized that the baby was gone. When they w ...more
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
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
Dominique Johnson
I enjoyed this book. It was easy to ready, the flow of the book was very nice. The art in the book looked as though someone sketched it out then added color to it. I gave the book four stars because of the nurturing aspect of the book. How all the animals came together to keep the child safe and warm. I did not give it five stars because in the art work although the pictures look sketched it seems as though the illustrator did not clean up the lines. On the last page if you look at the log under ...more
Fazson Chapman
Great book. I gave it 5 stars because its every kids dream to be comfort by their favorite animal. This book touches on the personification on animals behavior as a child falls of a sledge while the family is sliding down hills. The story line goes well with the animal faces and the events leading up to the collaboration with the animals. This is a great story to read at story time children for minds to wonder about their favorite animals and how they would react to conflict with their favorite ...more
Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lil Zoo Sap gets left behind, but the forest animals bring him back to his family.
A straight forward story with some nice back matter about the Passamaquoddy people and their language. I really like that you can listen to an audio version by going to a website -more books should have this! The Zoo Sap face proportions were a little weird at times.
Traci Bold
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This picture book made my heart sing as I read about each animal coming forth to shelter and care for the human baby.

If only more humans knew of this love the animals have for us, they might quit killing them.

Written by Allen Sockabasin, a Passamaquoddy Storyteller and illustrated by Rebekah Raye.. Published by Tillsbury House.

#PB #NativeAmerican #mustread
Feb 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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.
Apr 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
Nov 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
A children's story about Native Americans thar isn't racist! Woot!
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.
Feb 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Great story about a little boy that is taken in by animals when he lost as his family is moving.
Feb 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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.
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