The Wolves are Back

30/03/2011

In the last two weeks we have been looking at many books by Jean Craighead George. This week some classes read her non-fiction story of the wolves of Yellowstone National park, The Wolves are Back. It was shocking to read that by 1926 all the wolves in national parks in 48 states of the U.S. had been killed! However in 1995 wolves were re-introduced into Yellowstone National Park. It is amazing to see how everything in nature adjusts to changes.

For many of us here in Tanzania it is difficult to imagine winter snowfalls, wolves and coyotes so we were able to watch a National Geographic video to help us put the story into context:


How to talk to your cat

29/03/2011

For some classes this week and last, we read another Jean Craighead George book, How to talk to your cat.  She has also written How to talk to your dog. We were fascinated to find out how much cats and dogs communicate non-verbally, as well as making sounds we can hear. There is a delightful video on youtube showing two cats “chatting” to each other, so of course we had to watch that too! You can watch it here:

How to talk to your dog is also very worthwhile if you are a dog lover.

I think it is important to remember that even though animals don’t speak our languages, they are still communicating with each other and with us.


Jean Craighead George and Frightful the Peregrine Falcon

22/03/2011

This week and next we are looking at books by Jean Craighead George. We have many of her books, including My Side of the Mountain and Julie of the Wolves, and the sequels. In addition to these realistic fiction books we also her very interesting autobiography, The Tarantula in My Purse: and 172 Other Wild Pets.

In library classes we will read her picture book, Frightful’s Daughter, beautifully illustrated by Daniel San Souci, about Oksi the Eyas (falcon chick) who escaped being stolen from her Aerie (falcon nest). We also learned that we can go to Dictionary.com to learn the meanings and pronunciation of new words!

We then watched a video from National Geographic that explains that a peregrine falcon is the fastest animal on earth! It’s well worth watching:

Next week I’ll blog about our reading of her books about cat and dog communication.

See you in the library!

Sue Toms, Elementary Librarian