Henry David Thoreau of the 19th century would love it here. I know about him because Aunt Joel Anne reads him to me sometimes. How beautiful and serene is this? What pandemic? I just wish Aunt Joel Anne's friends from her class could be here with us. Maybe soon or maybe Zoom. Bye for now. Love, Jazzie
Aunt Joel Anne read today that her high school mascot, the Grizzly Bear was looked upon as sacred to many native Indian tribes. We think the earth and all living beings should be considered sacred why stop with the Grizzy Bear? If the earth and everyone was considered sacred things sure would be alot more peaceful.
"Finding books that educate people about vegetarianism are difficult to find. As a vegetarian, I don’t often find popular articles and stories about it, and that also means it is not talked about nearly as much as it should be. This is why I was so happy to see a book like Jazzie’s Dream! I felt that a book like this would help start up an important conversation and discuss some of the important facets of becoming a vegetarian. The book handles these topics in a way that is appropriate and easy to understand for all audiences, and I would recommend it especially to parents who want to expose their kids to these ideas. I found the illustrations of the book very charming as well. Overall, I would completely recommend the book to anyone who is interested!"
Thank you so much Lucia Brady from Meadowdale High School in Edmonds, Washington. Lucia is an Honor Student, and is 14 years old. And thank you for adopting a plant-based diet that's healthy for you, it will end the cruelty toward our farm animal friends, and it's healthy for our planet. Much love and many woofs to you...JAZZIE
Well it's a small world: Aunt Joel Anne's friend was recently introduced to Alexandra who lives and works in Seattle where I grew up!
As an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Alexandra helps people to make mindful and nutritious choices for themselves and their families, so they can feel better and live happy and healthy lives. She also read Jazzie's Dream to her nieces who loved it and the message that it imparts.
She says: "It is important that we understand how our food gets to our homes and our plates, and not just fruits and vegetables. If more people really understood how animals are treated and the process of getting meat into supermarkets and restaurants, I think we'd have more plant-based eaters, and fewer sick people!"
If you'd like to know more about how Alexandra helps people, check out her website, HealthywithAlex.com.
To read Jazzie's Dream, here's the Amazon link! Life is so woofy wonderful!
Siri Siqveland is a 15 year old, 9th grade Honors English student at Meadowdale High School in Edmonds, WA. She read Jazzie’s Dream on May 12, 2020]
Siri’s critique of “Jazzie’s Dream”:
After hearing that the story was about ‘going vegan/vegetarian’—which my best friend since third grade has recently done—and protecting farm animals, I wondered how the author would approach this topic in a way that would be safe for children.
I was concerned that it would be too scary when I reached the part in the story where Jazzie approaches Backward Land, a place where animals are farmed in different ways for humans to eat (like here and now). However, the darkest part of the story, with the mother pig and her piglets, was handled delicately enough that it could be viewed by small children. The illustrations are well-done and gentle and the story is definitely child-appropriate.
My favorite part of the story is when Jazzie first met dream Bizzy and their first interactions. I think little kids would enjoy the story and the illustrations and it would help older figures in their lives to breach the topic of animal-cruelty, sustainability, as well as other life-style choices people can make.
As a kid, I remember my papa reading, Beatrix Potter’s “Rolly Polly Pudding” and being worried (in a suspenseful way) when the rats roll Tom Kitten up in a pastry to make him into their dinner. Though, “Jazzie’s Dream” did not make me feel worried for Jazzie and Bizzy in the way that I did for Tom Kitten. All in all, I feel this book could be used to help children understand some choices people make about their life styles. “Jazzie’s Dream” is a story about making choices that could lead to a better future for farm animals for sure, and possibly a better future for people too.
The picture is of my friend, Winky. He is a rescue dog and having a wonderful life with his guardian Fusako. They live in New York City. Winky is sitting in Riverside Park in the picture. He and Fusako go out everyday to be in the wonders of nature. It helps keep their health and spirit up especially now in the time of COVID-19. Fusako had some very nice things to say about my book JAZZIE'S DREAM. See below please -
"i really love the story of JAZZIE'S DREAM.
i always love marc’s illustrations, so lively, whimsical, and love-filled expressions, and perfect match with the story.
The story is wonderfully touching and the intension clearly and well received."
FUSAKO MIYAJI - violinist in the UN Orchestra and retired secretary at UN
WOW! Fusako really liked the book. I really like Fusako AND Winky!
It's not easy to make me a mask cause I have a very long nose but here it is - I feel so safe now - I can even sniff out the squirrels and rabbits with it on...I don't leave home without it.
Aunt Joel Anne planted these beautiful trees as a living fence. But I still can slip between and play hide and seek with the rabbits. I wear my mask however.