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Zazu Dreams, Between the Scarab and the Dung Beetle. A Cautionary Tale for the Anthropocene Era

Zazu Dreams, Between the Scarab and the Dung Beetle. A Cautionary Tale for the Anthropocene Era
Zazu Dreams, Between the Scarab and the Dung Beetle. A Cautionary Tale for the Anthropocene Era
Average: 5 (2 votes)

Not your ordinary kids' book:  Accolades for Alhadeff and Zazu Dreams:“Impressive.”  DR. NOAM CHOMSKY, author of Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media /  “Astonishing."           PAUL HAWKEN, author of The Ecology of Commerce    Zazu Dreams is a tale about the adventures of a Sephardic boy and his imaginary friend, a malamute husky, as they traverse the globe on a humpback whale across time and space, experiencing the marvels and mayhem of the relationship between humans and their environments (human ecologies). Crossing temporal dimensions and international borders, past, present, and future overlap through phantasmagorical encounters with historical figures like Jacques Cousteau, Spinoza, Rachel Carson, and ibn Sina.For cross-generational audiences, Zazu Dreams includes lush illustrations and detailed endnotes (“The 21st Century Arcades Project”). Together, the narrative, images, and Arcades unravel the intersections between the sciences and humanities—global ecological extinction and cultural extinction of ethnic minorities. Zazu Dreams explores migration and transformation from waste to useful by-product—including toxic sludge to critical compost, desertification to oasis, cusp of extinction to restoration, body-phobia to biophilia. Symbiotic relationships from the natural world coincide with the histories of diasporic peoples from Iberia, North Africa, and the Middle East. The authors integrate two seemingly unrelated topics: Jewish and Arabic philosophies with consumer-convenience petro-culture. This cautionary fable incites transgenerational audiences to question the vast implications of the vital yet precarious concept of “sustainability.”   


KS Pepper's picture
Dr. Cara Judea Alhadeff superbly weaves a compelling message using the timely and imperative threads of environmental and social justice in this enchanting story Zazu Dreams: Between the Scarab and the Dung Beetle, A Cautionary Fable for the Anthropocene Era. Pointing out marine debris, the exploitation of animals for laboratory testing, deforestation, and the degradation of human sovereignty caused by petroleum and chemical companies, Zazu Dreams shatters the human-caused barriers of ethnic and racial divisions using love, magic, symbolism, science, philosophy, and wonder. While reading Zazu Dreams, I was reminded of Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist and the parallels between Santiago and Zazu’s adventures each boy tapping into a deep well of soulfulness, thoughtfulness, and wisdom while exploring his own rich inner world that is so intimately connected externally to the beauty of the earth and her inhabitants. The story is illuminated by Micaela Amateau Amato’s stunning images that flow from delicate to dramatic. Each page is a work of art. I particularly love the soulful, nearly lyrical, marine life images. I turned the final page and closed the book, inspired.

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Pages: 142
Reading Level: Advanced (9 to 13)
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-63233-118-2
Categories: Animals & Creatures, Educational, Environment
Features: Illustrations, Chapters
Keywords: environmental, eco, justice, peace, ecology, jewish, diaspora, ethnic, culture
Date Added: January 18, 2017
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