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“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
Summary: This clever novelty book suggests a number of ways to make a difference by conserving natural resources and adopting an eco-friendly lifestyle. The suggestions found here range from remembering to turn off the lights when you leave a room and shutting off the tap when brushing your teeth to recycling stuff around the house into toys. This is a book that helps young children understand everyone has a role in making our world a better place to live.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, middle grade reader
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 6; read yourself: 5 to 8
Interest Level: 4 to 8
Age of Child: Read with a group of 7 to 8 year-olds.
Young Reader Reaction: My friend read this to her class and they reacted positively to the simple illustrations and the idea behind the book.
Adult Reader Reaction: Both my friend and I thought the book's message on conservation and things the children can do to help was excellent. The message is clear: There are things everyone can do if they love the earth and wish to make it a better place to live.
Pros: Nice bold, colorful illustrations and some excellent ideas encourage readers to become more eco-friendly.
Cons: We wished the book was longer!
Borrow or Buy: Buy. You definitely want to purchase this book since it can be used as a jumping-off point for a discussion on other ways to become more planet friendly.
Educational Themes: This is an easy, practical way to engage kids in thinking about conservation and recycling. The ideas for using recyclables as toys is a great way to promote creativity.
Notes: Bob Walch, Monterey, California, sent us this review. Bob's reviews appear in the Salinas Californian, Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, Aptos Times, Ride/Western Times and Coast Views Magazine. His online are at MyShelf, Roundtable Reviews, Parent Click, Midwest Book Review, and I Love a Mystery.
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