Emily, 10-Year-Old Champion of Rainforest Animals in Need by Cathleen Burnham

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Emily, 10-Year-Old Champion of Rainforest Animals in Need

Cathleen Burnham, Author and Photographer

Crickhollow Books, Nonfiction, Sep. 15, 2018

Series: World Association of Kids and Animals

Suitable for Ages: 7-12

Themes: Global Youth Activism, Nature, Rainforest, Animal Rescue, Baby Sloth, Endangered Wildlife

Opening: High in a tree in a rainforest in Costa Rica, a mother sloth slept, cradling her baby close to her. The mother was sleeping, but the baby was wide awake. 


Meet Emily, a 10-year-old girl, who is active in a youth-led conservation program to save rain forest animals in western Costa Rica. She helps care for an orphaned sloth at an animal sanctuary by taking it for walks along a jungle path and participates in other activities to protect local wildlife and their environment.

When Emily arrives at a local youth program, Kids Saving the Rainforest (KSTR), she and her friends…

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The Sketchwalk with The Travel of Art May 6th and 7th

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May 6:  4pm to 7pm :

We started by a short introduction to sketching, the value of sketching and how it can help in our fast paced day to day lives and how it can be used for documenting our travels , thoughts and more.

We walked around the park, observing trees and drawing them with pencil and then inking it in with pen. Then I taught  learn basic techniques in observing and eliminating extra details and concentrating on the subject, basic drawing and watercolour techniques. Then their work was reviewed and feedback and constructive help was given. A basic understanding of materials used in sketching was how we wrapped this day up nicely.


May 7: 9am to 12pm :

We walked around Mg Road Boulevard and they learned to draw buildings, stalls and the streets. They employed what they had learned the previous day and created a nice set of drawings in their sketchbooks. Then we headed to the nearest café and discussed all the sketches and techniques and a final discussion was held on all that they had learned through this workshop and I pepped them up to keep continuing to keep a journal and keep sketching !