I don’t always believe books have to be educational. I’m a firm believer in trash as escape from real life. But when a book I’m reading to my daughter is imparting the kind of knowledge that will keep her safe in this scary world, I’m not going to complain.
I Sit and Stay, isn’t from a fancy publishing house with fancy illustrations and cutesy sayings. It’s the product of a member of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team. Leah Waarvik spent the weeks after Hurricane Katrina rescuing pets in New Orleans with her partner, Emma, a gorgeous Australian Shepherd who graces the cover of I Sit and Stay.
Inspired by stories of all the kids who have been lost in the woods simply because they didn’t know what to do, Waarvik decided to sit down and write a book. “I came to realize that the great presentations put on by search-and rescue teams weren’t reaching enough children,” Waarvik explained. “I wanted to create an option that was a bit more available and interactive for families that enjoy being outdoors.”
The result is a simple survival guide, accompanied by a whistle (Warning to parents: hide this until you’re actually taking them outside. It’s plastic, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t loud!!) anda plastic poncho that can double as a cushion when stuffed with leaves or a bright yellow signal when search parties are getting close.
To be honest, my daughter was attracted to the book because of the pictures of Emma on the front (once you see her, you’ll understand – we’re dog people). Then there’s what whistle . . . But dig inside, and I Sit and Stay offers a valuable tool for parents as we learn to let go of our kids.
Thanks go to Leah, who wants to share the story with and Inside Out winner. One I Sit and Stay kit is up for grabs – all you have to do is leave a comment about some of the survival skills you’ve imparted to your kids. For extra entries, as always, grab my badge and/or blog about the contest, then leave the link in comments. The contest will close on Monday, November 3, and it’s open to residents of the US and Canada only. Make sure you check back to see if you’re a winner, or subscribe to be the first to know about any of our giveaways.
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