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Winston Of Churchill: One Bear's Battle Against Global Warming [Hardcover]

Jean Davies Okimoto , Jeremiah Trammell
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Dec 1 2007
Winston is an ambitious bear who wants to change the world — but first he must learn to change himself.

Winston the bear lives in Churchill, Manitoba, the polar bear capital of the world. Much like a certain other famous Winston, when Winston the bear speaks, others listen. He rallies the polar bear community together, and urges them to join his campaign against global warming. He writes and distributes a book on the subject, and secures everyone's support on the issue — everyone except one surprising naysayer. His wife!

She points out Winston's hypocrisy — the ever-polluting cigar he smokes. If he wants to change the world so badly, he's going to have to start with himself. Winston can't help but agree, and decides to quit smoking, thereby inspiring the other bears to go public with their green message.

A wonderful, accessible addition to the green-themed titles for younger readers!

Some fun extras in this story include Winston's own "book" and some further information about climate change and about our hero's namesake, Winston Churchill.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Jean Davies Okimoto's books have garnered multiple awards in the U.S., including the IRA's Reader's Choice Award and ALA Best Books for Young Adults. A member of PEN American Center, she has a master's degree in psychology. Jean lives in Seattle, Washington.

Jeremiah Trammell is a frequent contributor to Alaska Magazine. He lives in Seattle, Washington. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun story Dec 18 2010
By Steven R. McEvoy HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This book won the Green Earth Book Award and for obvious reasons. It is the story of a grumpy old bear, Winston, who wants to start a rally against global warming. But his wife believes that if he wants others to change so must he. With wonderful illustrations and a great story, this book will allow young readers to learn about this important issue in a fun way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Winston of Churchill Nov. 30 2010
Format:Hardcover
This book is a great introduction to understanding the impacts of global warning, and conservation issues. My grandchidlren, aged 4 - 8, all loved it, with its quirky polar bear characters, witty text and charming illustrations.

I bought the book in Churchill when I was there recently to view polar bears. While tour companies try to be sensitive about polar bear tourism, if people really care about the bears, they would stay away.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful and motivational picturebook. Dec 3 2007
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Winston of Churchill: One Bear's Battle Against Global Warming is a charming children's picutrebook that addresses a serious modern social issue. Winston the polar bear of Churchill, Canada has observed that the earth is getting warmer due to human-generated pollution, and wants to mobilize his fellow bears to do something about it. "Burning gasoline in cars makes carbon dioxide. Methane gas comes from rotting garbage in landfills. Digging for oil an natural gas and mining coal lets out a gas called nitrous oxide. Too much of these gases is no good. But green plants turn carbon dioxide into oxygen, which is very good. People need to burn less gas, make less garbage, and plant more trees." However, Winston's wife notices that Winston himself contributes to global warming - by smoking a big, burning, smelly cigar! "'How can you convince people to stop doing what they're doing unless you can show that every little bit helps?' His wife glared at him. 'No cigar or I'm not going.'" Winston learns that the most persuasive way to advocate change is to change himself, and gives up his cigar to help convince humans to improve their world, in this thoughtful and motivational picturebook.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect children's picture book Nov. 26 2007
By Martha Dore - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This beautifully illustrated children's book coveys a serious message with great good humor and a sense of fun. Its hard not to fall in love with the stogie-smoking Winston as he rallies his polar bear troops to fight global warming. And to sympathize with Mrs. Winston as she wages her own war against cigar smoking. Preschool and early school age children will learn not only about the major environmental threat of our times, but will be introduced to a famous historical figure who, like his namesake Winston of Churchill, rallied his fellow citizens to fight an impending disaster. No young child in your life would be disappointed to receive this lovely book as a gift.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written book! Dec 6 2008
By T. Palmer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is about a serious subject, but is written in a very child appropriate fashion. It's a great read-aloud for rich discussion about how each of us can make a difference. A nice blend of facts and fiction. Cute illustrations!
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun story Dec 18 2010
By Steven R. McEvoy - Published on Amazon.com
This book won the Green Earth Book Award and for obvious reasons. It is the story of a grumpy old bear, Winston, who wants to start a rally against global warming. But his wife believes that if he wants others to change so must he. With wonderful illustrations and a great story, this book will allow young readers to learn about this important issue in a fun way.
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST children's book on this subject June 13 2010
By Mark Fish - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Winston of Churchill is a beautifully written, beautifully illustrated book. And aside from other children's books on similar subject matter, this is the ONLY one with a combination of an important message, a real plot with dramatic structure, and a sense of humor. The children's classic about saving the environment is The Lorax. But unlike The Lorax, this book offers a more laughs and a greater sense of hope. My children kept asking to have it read over and over again, and they have now memorized it. I hope you and your children get to know it, too!
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