The Book of Hopes: Words and Pictures to Comfort, Inspire and Entertain

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The Book of Hopes: Words and Pictures to Comfort, Inspire and Entertain

The Book of Hopes: Words and Pictures to Comfort, Inspire and Entertain

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Dr. Jane Goodall DBE is an ethologist and environmentalist. From infancy she was fascinated by animal behavior, and in 1957 at 23 years old, she met the famous paleontologist Dr. Louis Leakey while she was visiting a friend in Kenya. Impressed by her passion for animals, he offered her the chance to be the first person to study chimpanzees, our closest living relatives, in the wild. And so three years later Jane travelled from England to what is now Tanzania and, equipped with only a notebook, binoculars and determination to succeed, ventured into the then unknown world of wild chimpanzees. Sila liked running and climbing and examining the grazes on her knees. Which was why, when the people came to her village, she did not like the look of Yasmin. Although she had been walking for many miles, Yasmin was perfectly neat and noticeably tidy. Unlike Sila. We also get a remarkable experience of the partnership that Jane and Doug had working together on this book.

What we can give children, though, is hope. Hope for something better, for something curious and wonderful; to light the great beyond. And into this space has stepped Costa Prize-winning children’s author Katherine Rundell. A few weeks ago, she wrote to me, and to more than 100 other children’s authors and illustrators, names as illustrious as Michael Morpurgo, Mark Haddon, Sophie Dahl, Axel Scheffler, Anthony Horowitz and Lauren Child, with a request: write something – anything – that will offer children hope.Jane Goodall is a name that everyone knows. Having started her career living in the remote forest studying chimpanzees, decades later she is a highly respected professional who travels the world to raise awareness on our environmental crisis. Jane has the profound impact of inspiring younger generations who then encourage their parents to make change. Jane Goodall's four main reasons for her hope are the amazing human intellect, the resilience of nature, the power of youth, and the indomitable human spirit. I have two teenage children, who are very concerned about the world and their places in it. Rightly, they are angry at past generations for taking and using without valuing the toll on future generations. As a child, I remember asking where the smoke from our wood fire went. The answer was that it spread out and became part of the air. But doesn't it pollute the air, does it go away, I wondered? There is so much air that you'll never notice it, was the answer. Here I am, 40 years later, and yes, I do notice it. I notice it and all the other pollutants building up in my environment. I never thought we'd have to stay indoors in the Pacific Northwest due to unhealthy air quality... I believe in the power of young people, but I also see their righteous disappointment and resentment at being forced into the position they are inheriting.

The loss of habitats for her beloved primates; how many humans still rely on various natural resources to keep themselves in their homes, traveling in their vehicles and feeding themselves on a daily basis. In this urgent book, Jane Goodall, the world's most famous living naturalist and Doug Abrams, internationally-bestselling author, explore--through intimate and thought-provoking dialogue--one of the most sought after and least understood elements of human nature: hope. In The Book of Hope, Jane focuses on her “Four Reasons for Hope”: The Amazing Human Intellect, The Resilience of Nature, The Power of Young People, and The Indomitable Human Spirit. As part of our Education Recovery support for schools and children we worked with partners to develop a range of supporting resources, that you can find linked below. Jane has been a lifelong vegetarian and recently turned vegan (hurrah!) She understood the consequences of eating meat on the planet and eventually made the decision to ditch animal products entirely. This is monumental because not only is she a person of great influence, but the move also fully matches her actions with her beliefs. It signifies so much and it suggests that you are never too old or too set in your ways to change your behaviour and better represent your own morals. This gives me hope. And for those that claim to love animals, Jane is an excellent example to follow.I love what Abrams is trying to achieve, but as with The Book of Joy, the format wasn’t entirely successful for me. Reading a book of what’s essentially a conversation felt choppy at times, and it was hard for me to suss out the ultimate thesis let alone the evidence to support it. Lengthy discussions on climate change, deforestation and extinction also were downright depressing! Still, I’m glad to have spent time in the company of Ms. Goodall and applaud the effort to help others look on the sunny side of life. If she’s speaking, I’m listening. The book is a discussion between Dame Goodall and New York Times journalist Douglas Abrams in a series of meetings, both in person and via remote access, in which they attempt to define hope, how we maintain hope in trying times, and her reasons for hope. I highlighted many, many sections of the book, too many to quote in a review. She speaks with so much experience, with incredible wisdom and empathy, and with humor. One would think that with the horrors she has seen such as chimpanzees confined in the smallest of cages for research – these highly intelligent mammals imprisoned for hours, days, weeks, years – forced to spend a boring existence, supposedly for the benefit of humans (mostly it did not prove beneficial, she says) – yet one of her fondest memories is of a female chimp being released onto a sanctuary island. As her cage is opened, Wounda emerges and clutches Jane in a warm embrace. Seeing the photo is quite moving; watching the video online moved me to tears.

The collection, published by Bloomsbury, is dedicated to the doctors, nurses, carers, porters, cleaners and everyone working in hospitals. Read the book I especially like the way in which she gets her message across. She is clever and careful and uses stories to represent her beliefs. Rather than telling people her point, she shows the facts to them through a narrative and attempts to sway the reader (or listener) to her cause when they are presented with simple facts. Education is the key to change. And this can be difficult when the ones you are educating are the cause for problems you are so opposed to. Patience and understanding is the key. I like the message of this book and agree with a lot of what Jane was saying but after a while it became so repetitive. I already knew about a lot of the things they talked about but still was loving it because of Jane’s perspectives. Third, we must eliminate corruption, for without good governance and honest leadership, we cannot work together to solve our enormous social and environmental challenges." A legendary conservationist. A lifetime spent fighting for nature. An indispensable message of hope.It had been a four-scab day and Sila was tired. And now she had to share her bed with someone who tossed and turned. “Try remembering something nice,” said Sila. “That’s what I do when I can’t sleep.” Then, when Yasmin went quiet, she couldn’t help but ask: “What are you thinking of?” In this urgent book, Jane Goodall, the world's most famous living naturalist and Doug Abrams, internationally-bestselling author, explore—through intimate and thought-provoking dialogue—one of the most sought after and least understood elements of human nature: hope. In The Book of Hope, Jane focuses on her “Four Reasons for Hope”: The Amazing Human Intellect, The Resilience of Nature, The Power of Young People, and The Indomitable Human Spirit. Why not get started with our The Book of Hopes Read My Picture Activity? This encourages children to apply their reading skills to understand what is happening in an illustration. Featuring three beautiful illustrations from The Book of Hopes, this activity is sure to develop children’s comprehension skills in a fun and engaging way!



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