Tears For Nanertak
Author and Illustrator: Skip Hofstrand
Publisher: Outskirts Press
What Happens When Your Home Disappears? For most of us, it's hard to imagine our home vanishing. But for Nanertak, a polar bear cub, the melting of her Arctic homeland means that she has nowhere to live. She and her mother, Nanuck, are forced to escape. Their exit by iceberg is full of danger - the beginning of an incredible journey of survival. Many tears are shed along the way, but there is unexpected hope for Nanertak's future...along with a solution to the problem of her disappearing Arctic homeland. Join Nanertak and Nanuck as they search for their new home in this beautiful story that is both educational and inspiring for children and adults alike.
This story is a great way to begin teaching children about global warming and how that climate change can affect our planet and the animals on it. My 3 year old felt bad that the polar bears had to leave their home and she said, "We need to take care of our Earth because their home is falling apart Mommy!" I was really surprised that at that age she understood this. We talked for a long time about things we could do to help the environment and she was really excited about it. So this book is a great conversation starter if you want to approach this subject with your kids. I believe that kids will really care about this more if you read them books like this that will help them understand why it's important to take care of the Earth. The most interesting thing about the book, in my opinion, is that all the illustrations in this book were painted using water from the melting Greenland Ice Cap. Wow, just WOW! What a way to make a statement. I think it's really important to teach these things to our children, the next generation. They will be responsible for this planet when we are gone. Another great thing about this book is that a percentage of royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to The Will Steger Foundation which works to educate children about global warming.
Have any of you been reading "green" books to your kiddos? I would love suggestions! Also, what are things your family does to help the environment? I want to "green-up" my family a little more and I am excited to hear your thoughts! :)
* I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.