Tuesday, April 22, 2008
What better way to celebrate Earth Day than talking about one of our family's newest books: Knut: How one little Polar Bear Captivated the World. This book tells the story of how Knut (that's Kuh-NOOT) the baby polar bear found himself without a mother, how he was raised by his dedicated zookeeper, Thomas, and how he ended up capturing the hearts of millions of people around the world. Reading this story is a great way to raise kids' awareness of the plight of endangered animals and the relation between our actions, global warming and endangered species.
Despite Alfie's initial reservations ("It's too long", "Too much text", "Too complicated"), the book has quickly become a bedtime favorite. Part of the reason is the gorgeous photographs of baby Knut looking soft, cuddly and oh-so-adorable. I'm not especially fond of huge, smelly animals, but even I found myself looking at the gorgeous photos and cooing, "Awwww, Knut is sooooo cute!!".