Scared Skunk is AIWC’s first children’s book and the third book Michelle and Denver Suttie have written for an animal charity.
The goal of these books is to share true stories about animals, and in doing so, give the reader an awareness and understanding about issues wild animals face.
Unfortunately, there are so many issues wildlife face that it’s hard to pick just one to write about. With that said, this book was inspired by the increase in skunks AIWC received this year. As of October 7th, 83 striped skunks had been admitted to AIWC – the majority of them being baby skunks (kits). That’s an increase of 176% since 2014! The major cause for admissions is due to an increase in human-wildlife encounters.
This book highlights AIWC’s messaging: Our actions impact the environment and its wildlife.
In this case; a skunk kit who has become orphaned due to her mother being trapped, causing her to have to search for food on her own which leads her to an encounter with litter.
Scared Skunk reminds us that we all have a shared responsibility to wildlife!
The book is packed with interesting facts about skunks that anyone, at any age, can learn from. The facts in this
book—called skunk statements—give the reader a way to get to know the character, and in some cases, may dispel any myths or opinions surrounding her as well.
These books are a nice fit in the K to 3 classrooms or the children’s section of the library, and provide the perfect opportunity for discussion around the family dinner table.
Scared Skunk will be launched on Wednesday October 12th and can be purchased
on-line by visiting our website, and are available at these locations:
* Wildbird General Store in Edmonton * Purearth Organics in Red Deer *
* Deja Brew in Cochrane * Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary in Cochrane *
*The Wild Bird Store in Calgary*
100% of proceeds are donated to Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation.