Last is an extremely poignant version of a true story
Buy Last: The Story of a White Rhino
This week (18th – 25th October) is One World Week with United Nations day on the 24th. To quote the website ‘Events are organised by volunteers with the common purpose:
To share understanding about some of the global issues that affect us all and to recognise we can all make a difference’
This year’s theme is ‘It’s Our World – Let’s make it better’ and this seems to be something that we as school librarians can certainly get behind, with our focus on inclusivity, celebrating diverse cultures and sexualities and treating all with kindness and understanding. Recently I’ve been fortunate enough to read some marvellous picture books that would make very good reads this (or any) week so I thought I’d share them here(they are not all newly published, but new to me):
Last, Nicola Davies. Extremely poignant version of a true story about a rhino called Sudan who was the last male of his kind in the wild. The story ends hopefully although sadly this was not the case in real life and the words printed in the illustrations are taken for the most part from well know environmental speeches. An on point (as always with Nicola Davies) cautionary conservation tale that reminds us that we all have a responsibility towards nature and that we need to save species before they all die out.
- Watch: Nicola Davies answers your burning questions about Last!
- Watch: Virtual launch of Last with Helping Rhinos!
- Last is Nicola Davies’s debut as an illustrator! – School Library Journal
- Last highlights our need to do something to help the planet – What I Read
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