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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.”   


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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
ZAZU DREAMS ZAZU DREAMS ZAZU DREAMS Between the Scarab and the Dung Beetle Between the Scarab Between the Scarab and the Dung Beetle and the Dung Beetle As told to Cara Judea As told to As told to Alhadeff Cara Judea Alhadeff Cara Judea Alhadeff Paintings by Paintings by Micaela Amateau Paintings by Micaela Amateau Amato Amato Micaela Amateau Amato A Cautionary Fable for the Anthropocene Era Amazing research Arun Gandhi What an oeuvre What a trajectory Astonishing Paul Hawken a fascinating book a real cosmic adventurethrough space time and the human heart Bill McKibben  Cara Judea Alhadeff Printed in the United States of America All rights reserved This publication is protected by Copyright and permission should be obtained from the publisher prior to any prohibited reproduction storage in a retrieval system or transmission in any form or by any means electronic mechanical photocopying recording or likewise Published by Eifrig Publishing PO Box Lemont PA USA Knobelsdorffstr Berlin Germany For information regarding permission write to Rights and Permissions Department Eifrig Publishing PO Box Lemont PA USA permissionseifrigpublishingcom Library of Congress CataloginginPublication Data Cara Judea Alhadeff Zazu Dreams Between the Scarab and the Dung Beetle by Cara Judea Alhadeff art by Micaela Amateau Amato p cm Paperback Hard cover Ebook ISBN ISBN ISBN  Juvenile NonFiction Science and Nature Ecosystems  Transdisciplinary Jewish History  Critical philosophy I Amateau Amato Micaela ill II Title  Printed in the USA on acidfree paper with recycled content Praise for Zazu Dreams Zazu Dreams bursts forth from its cover showering the reader with art song language spirituality joy and history In the spirit of Le Petit Prince the door to adult reflection is opened by a child guide With the query Who needs imaginary monsters or giants or evil empires when corporations like Nestle and PepsiCo Merck and Monsanto destroy everything in their path Zazu Dream