I am really looking forward to working with Ms. Chamber 4th graders at West Education Campus. Ms. Chambers is building her classroom library with all sorts of animal books, and thanks to a very generous mystery donor, I'll be adding a number of new titles to that collection next week. A heavy box came on Tuesday filled with an assortment of titles inluding Mrs. Katz and Tush. This is a beautiful story about, not only the rescue of tiny abandoned kitten, but about cultural, racial, and religious differences. Author and illustrator Patricia Polacco (http://www.patriciapolacco.com) has written many of the books many that I read to my children when they were small, including Mrs. Katz and Tush. I love giving her books to teachers and students -- they quickly become beloved favorites. The mini-library included Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle by U.S. Marine Brian Dennis, with Mary Nethery, and Kirby Lawson and Mary and Kirby's earlier book, Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship and Survival -- both of these nonfiction tales illustrate the incredible bond that animals form with people and with each other.
We have many wonderful volunteers and donors -- without them we wouldn't be the Washington Animal Rescue League. I don't which one of them to thank for this generous donation, but I do know that this kind gift will benefit students and animals for years to come.