I received a complete set of books from their Endangered Species, Empowered Communities series from Dot-to-Dot Children’s Books. We were very excited to have a chance to read each of these books. Each book is about a different endangered species and was written by “women and school children from Afghanistan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Republic of Congo, and Nicaragua”. There are 8 books in the series and each represent an endangered species in their countries. The women in children take a class to learn about the animal, then each person writes up a story with what they learned. Then the stories are combined to make the story we get to read. This allows everyone to be an author of the book and the money raised with these books go to help the endangered species in their country.
I love how many levels these books help others. I love how it raises awareness of different animals, how it helps women and children feel like they are contributing to the need in their country and how each book will help each animal too.
My oldest daughter LOVES these books. She loved reading the stories with me and then loved learning more about each person who helped write the books. The books have photos of the authors and a blurb about their dreams and goals. The stories draw you in and Lee wants to “meet” the animals someday. The books also have a section with info on each animal and the country they come from.
Not only do I think each house should have a set of these books and that every school should have a set for the teachers to use to teach the students about other countries and endangered animals.
Books in the series include:
* Yara’s Amazing Nose – Learn how a nose transforms an identity and a friendship for one of the most unique creatures in the animal kingdom – the lowland tapir!
* Carey’s First Day – Follow Carey the hawksbill sea turtle as he navigates the hazardous journey from his nest to his future home in the open ocean.
* When Honey the Tiger Flew – Written by the courageous participants in the Somaly Mam Foundation’s Voices for Change program, When Honey the Tiger Flew is the story of a young tiger who, through determination and ingenuity, rescues his mother.
* The Snow Leopard Dream – Under blue skies dotted by clouds in a remote region, a young girl overcomes her fears and befriends a snow leopard.
* Ndeze and Ndakasi’s New Home – Two orphan mountain gorillas learn the ways of the world as they find a new home.
* Sam Learns Some Lessons – Using the wisdom of elders, a herd of elephants cope with a water shortage.
* Shuba and the Cyclone – A river dolphin loses her way after a cyclone and a crocodile becomes an accidental hero.
* Kajo and Akari’s New Friend – Seeking adventure, brother chimpanzees chase a butterfly through the forest.
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