Thanks to the Animals

$17.00 each


In this perfect bedtime story for emerging readers, all the animals of the forest come together to shield and protect a lost child until his father can take him home safely.


Author: Allen Sockabasin (Passamaquoddy)
Illustrations: Color illustrations by Rebekah Raye
Binding Availability: Hardcover only
Published: 2005
Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Passamaquoddy


Winter arrives, as a Passamaquoddy family prepares for the trip north to their winter home. Everyone helps as they dismantle their house and tie down the cedar logs and everything else they need on the bobsled, making sure there is enough room for the children to ride in the back. As Papa drives the horses and Mama and the older children settle in for the long ride, they don’t notice that little Zoo Sap has tumbled off the sled. Alerted by Zoo Sap’s cries, the animals of the forest—large and small—come together to keep him warm until Papa comes to get him. He thanks the animals, one by one, and carries little Zoo Sap—none the worse for wear—back to his family. This quiet, gentle story is enhanced by the warm, watercolor-and-ink paintings, one of which shows little Zoo Sap contentedly and “safely sleeping in a great pile of warm animals.” Thanks to the Animals is a perfect bedtime story.