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Thanks to the Animals

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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 ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Tilbury House Publishers
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Abigail
Dec 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Picture-Books with a Native Theme and/or Featuring Wintry Scenes
When winter arrives, Joo Tum and his family prepare for the move from their summer home along the coast, to their cold-weather quarters, deep in the woods. Disassembling their log cabin, loading all their belongings onto a horse-drawn sled, they are soon on their way. But when Zoo Sap, the baby of the family, falls off the back of the sled, where all the other children are sleeping together in a fur-wrapped pile, he is soon left behind - alone in the cold night! Luckily, his wails bring the ...more
Mary Davis
This is a story about an Indian family traveling moving for the winter. Their baby falls off of the sled and the animals hear the cries of the baby. The animals find him and take care of him and keep him warm. The family realizes that the baby is missing and go back to find him. They find him being protected by the animals. This story teaches us about how the Indians have respect for animals and nature.
Hannah Feeney
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Although it's an endearing story, I find it a little concerning that the baby falls off the sleigh thing. Why wasn't the mother watching the baby more closely. I think otherwise it's a great story about how the animals one by one protect the baby. In the end when the father finds the baby with the bald eagle protecting all the animals children will enjoy the happy ending.
Lindsey
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids
Beautiful! A fable that celebrates animals and the unity between us all. The backmatter includes information on the Passamaquoddy tribe and a list of the Passamaquoddy names for each animal depicted in the book (spelled phonetically).
Esther Westfall
This was a good book. My kids loved pointing out all of the different animals as they curled up with Zoo Sap to help keep him warm. They also enjoyed discussing why Zoo Sap's family had to pack up their whole house and move it for the winter. It was a good learning experience for them.
Sarah Herb
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, especially because of my love for animals. I've always liked to think that all animals are kind and have a special language, whether it be spoken or not. I like to think that something like this can happen in real life, but it is a beautifully written book.
Susan
Sep 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting.
Nicoswan
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful book with a refreshingly more traditional tale from Native culture. I appreciate the notes in the back and make sure to read those to my little one as well.
Shari
Jun 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrensbooks
A baby falls off the sleigh when his family is moving to their winter home. The animals huddled around him to keep him warm.
Samantha
A story of how animals came together to keep a little boy alive when he falls off of the family sleigh.
Kristy
BOOK CHOICE #3 – Thanks to the Animals: 10th Anniversary Edition
By Allen J. Sockabasin, Rebekah Raye

1) Rationale for selecting this book for your culturally diverse text set, with specific evidence to support its cultural significance:
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
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Jill
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
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Wayne Walker
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
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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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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
Lizzie
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.
Jennifer
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.
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.
Michelle
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.
Lisa
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.
misha
Nov 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
A children's story about Native Americans thar isn't racist! Woot!
Sarah
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.
Paige Martin
Sep 13, 2018 added it
Shelves: rdng-350
This book is about a family moving north for the winter away from their summer home by the coast. As they head that way, Zoo Sap fell off the sled and was all alone. He begins to cry and all the animals come to his rescue to keep him warm. Once his father realizes he is missing, he goes back for him. He finds all the animals with his son and thanks them. the family is reunited.
I enjoyed reading about this family that is going through their life that is not the same as ours here. It also mentions
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Brooke
Feb 04, 2010 added it
Beautiful pictures. A great book to use when taking about the season, forest or families.
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