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What Comes After

by Steve Watkins

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on September 7, 2014 | Filed under Animal Protection, Books, Children's Books, High School, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Resources, Social Studies/History

In the blink of an eye, Iris Wight’s world is forever changed. Her mother left when she was five, and now at 16 her father is dead. She is sent from Maine to North Carolina… More

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War Brothers: A Graphic Novel

by Sharon McKay

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on May 6, 2014 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, College/Adult, High School, Human Rights, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Social Studies/History

War Brothers is a graphic novel in which readers follow along as young boys are kidnapped and broken by members of Kony’s LRA movement. Readers witness as young children are forced to confront (and sometimes… More

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Tua and the Elephant

by R.P. Harris

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on April 29, 2014 | Filed under Activism, Animal Protection, Books, Children's Books, Elementary, Media & Culture, Resources, Social Studies/History

During an exploration of the night market, while her mother is working as a waitress, 10-year-old Tua finds a small hole in the wall that leads her to a bustling city street where she encounters… More

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The Pet Shop Revolution

by Ana Juan

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on April 24, 2014 | Filed under Activism, Animal Protection, Books, Business & Social Entrepreneurship, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Elementary, Resources

Mean Mr. Walnut has the biggest pet shop in the city, selling unhappy animals to wealthy people. No one has enough courage to confront him until Mina’s pet rabbit goes missing. With the help of… More

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Kami and the Yaks

by Andrea Stenn Stryer

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on January 27, 2014 | Filed under Animal Protection, Books, Children's Books, Communication, Elementary, Health, Media & Culture, Resources

Set in the Himalayas, in the midst of a search for the family’s yaks a storm hits. Kami finally finds them, but the baby yak has his leg caught in a crevice. Kami rushes to… More

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Secrets in the Fire

by Henning Mankell

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on January 5, 2014 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, High School, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Middle School, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Social Studies/History

Sofia and her family are getting by, but when bandits sneak into the village and murder nearly everyone (including Sofia’s father), she, her mother and two siblings must flee and try to find a new… More

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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: “Jasper’s Story” – How a Moon Bear Teaches Forgiveness & Courage

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on July 18, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

” … Jasper slowly ventured to the outside enclosure and then onto the grass for the very first time. His first step upon the grass would also be his first step on a path to… More

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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: The Forgiveness Garden

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 3 Comments | Published on June 7, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

Unfortunately we humans often operate under the “eye for an eye” philosophy of conflict. Someone hurts us; we hurt them back. And on a worldwide level, that translates to millions of lives lost and incalculable… More

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What a Humane World Looks Like: Stepping Up

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 26, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

During the Q and A part of a presentation I gave recently on living a joyful, meaningful, examined life, one of the participants asked me: “What do you do if you’re the only one in… More