In the works now:
An as yet untitled non-fiction book all about alpacas for
older children aged 8-14.
From this book, children will learn:
The book will include many photographs of alpacas.
- About the camelid relatives of alpacas: Old
World Dromedary and Bactrian camels, as well as South American guanacos,
- The history of alpacas in South America,
especially the importance of their fleece.
(For instance, Incan soldiers were paid in
alpaca textiles instead of currency.)
- Confirmation and body structure, including fighting
teeth, their very efficient three-part stomach, oval blood cells (as opposed to
round blood cells of other mammals, two toed, padded feet. After reading this chapter, children will
understand why alpacas are considered “green animals.”
- Communications: vocalizations, including the hum, screech,
orgle, alarm call, spitting (yes, that’s communication), body
language. After reading this, a child
will have an idea of what an alpaca is thinking and feeling.
including herd status, baby-sitting, King of the Hill, strong friendships,
including displays of recognition. This
will add to the understanding of what an alpaca is thinking and feeling.
- Fiber characteristics and uses.
- Shearing, sorting and grading.
- Fun with alpacas:
Showing (halter and fleece), 4-H
(performance and costume classes, Girl Scout and Boy Scout Badges
- Instructions for alpaca fiber projects…we’re
thinking of a simple weaving project for this book.
- Denise Duker will write a How To Draw Alpacas
Expect this book by mid-2015
(For instance, Incan soldiers were paid in alpaca textiles instead of currency.)
Showing (halter and fleece), 4-H (performance and costume classes, Girl Scout and Boy Scout Badges