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Wanda and Winky were two elephants who came together in 1999 and lived at the Detroit Zoo. Captured as babies, Wanda was a former circus performer and Winky had spent her life as an attraction at a variety of zoos. In 2005, the Detroit Zoo executive director voluntarily sent Wanda and Winky to live at the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) Ark 2000 Sanctuary in California. They were given their freedom because of arthritis and foot problems due to the cold living conditions in the northern state of Michigan. They lived out their lives with their new pachyderm friends, roaming and enjoying the acres of open space that was available to them. This book takes the reader on a poetic journey of their lives and also provides background information that aids in the understanding of the plight of this endangered and often mistreated beautiful animal.
WATER WALKERS is the story of a Native Ojibway girl named Mai. Her family members are walking around Lake Superior to raise awareness about the harm being done to the Great Lakes. At first, Mai is told she is too little to go, but grandmother says, “Even little people can do big things.” As Mai walks along the lakeside, she tries to find ways she can help. Will the secret messages from the animals she sees on her journey show her how to help Mother Earth? How can Mai prove that she can become a good water walker?