With Love, to Earth's Endangered Peoples (Sharing Nature With Children Book)

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Like the Native Americans of North America, the age-old ways of many peoples are in danger of being lost forever. Often these people have a beautiful, meaningful relationship with the Earth, and with each other. Although the endangered status of whole cultures of people is tragic, Kroll portrays this subject with such love that the reader appreciates these people and tends to want to emulate their best qualities. Kroll's book focuses particularly on the Quechua people of mountainous Peru; the Ainu who live on the large island of Hokkaido in northern Japan; the Bushmen and Mbuti peoples of Africa; the Toda people of the Nilgiri Hills in India; the Inuit people of northern Canada, Greenland, Russia and Alaska; and the Aborigines of Australia.

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Virginia Kroll does not do her writing in a secluded cabin or an ivory tower, but in her own home that bustles with the activities of her six children and other members of the household--including many pets. She is also a prolific writer, at least in the very early hours of the morning when everyone else is asleep. The strength of her compassion and perception come through in her four books published by Dawn: Motherlove, With Love to Earth's Endangered Peoples, Cat! and When God Made the Tree.

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Grade 3-6-Paeans to seven different cultures from various parts of the world. What these groups share is the threat of extinction or assimilation by more populous societies. Children may have heard of some of them, such as the Australian aborigine or the Inuit, but the Toda of India and the Ainu of Japan will probably be unfamiliar to most American readers. Kroll extols the virtues of these societies, noting their connections to the natural world and their peaceful, cooperative ways of life. In fact, the exaltation of traditional ways borders on the romantic. Collier-Morales's full-color illustrations reinforce this impression, with uniformly attractive people in various panoramas of scenic beauty. Inset maps enable readers to place each group within a larger geographic context. Small illustrations accompany brief explanations of clothing, tools, rituals, and other aspects of the cultures. Two pages of notes supply additional information. Alone, the book could serve as a starting point to encourage further research about one or more of the featured peoples. The volume might also lead to discussions about how expanding population, urban sprawl, and other factors disrupt the lives not only of animal species but also of human societies.
Kathy Piehl, Mankato State University, MN
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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