Click on the video to hear a special message about animal kindness from Buffy Sainte-Marie.
An initiative that we have started this year, is to offer to Grade 2 students, in Toronto, Ottawa and Barrie, a free book called 'Hey Little Rockabye'. This book is written by well-known indigenous Canadian-American singer-songwriter, Buffy Sainte-Marie. This book is meant to be sung or read, and allows children to think of animals that might need a home and need to be loved. It tells the story of a young girl and her family that are considering adopting a pet.
The book has a page for the Grade 2 teacher to write in the student's name, and we hope this will become a special book for the children to read/sing in class and eventually take home to read/sing with their parents. The Beatrice Watson-Acheson Foundation is providing these free copies of 'Hey Little Rockabye' to children, in honour of our founder of The Kindness Program, J. Cameron Watson. Cameron was a Scarborough orchardist/philanthropist, who sought to better the lives of all living creatures by teaching respect and kindness and encouraging children to develop empathy towards all life.
Each school that emails or writes us, can request a free copy signed by Buffy, which your school librarian might like to display, to facilitate interest and discussion on shelter animals, adoption and kindness.
If your school and your Grade 2 students would like to receive a free copy of 'Hey Little Rockabye', please contact us as per the contact information below.
Thank you so much for your continued interest in The Kindness Program and our special project to encourage shelter adoption and promote kindness to all animals.