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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Little Green Books Review and Giveaway!!!!--- CLOSED

I have a great family eco-firendly giveaway coming to us from 
 Little Green Books (CLOSED)
***WINNER to be announced on July 1st!!

Little Green Books is a new eco-friendly series for Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division. Their mission is to use books to get
"little ones excited about going green!" 
They use the books to educate about the 3 Rs as well as endangered animals and other topics that will create awareness. Little Green Books are able to 
"plant the seeds for earth-friendly living at an early age."

They make each book from recycled materials with 100% vegetable based inks - thus standing by their commitment to this Earthy cause.  
Little Green Books cover a variety of hot topics out there from teaching children about what dangers global warming brings, recycling benefits, how to plant a garden, how to help endangered animals, among other environmental hot zones. The books also have glossary of terms to educate parents and kids about environmental vocabulary. From storybooks to cloth books to novelty board books, Little Green Books are a unique, innovative new series,that helps to plant the seeds of eco-friendly consciousness at an early age so that we can grow a generation of earth-friendly readers.
        I was offered the chance to review some of the titles that are a part of the Little Green Books series.
The books I received to review:

The Polar Bears' Home, is an opportunity for children to learn about the effects that global warming is having on the Polar Bears and their habitat. It looks at the changes through the eyes of a little girl and her father in the Arctic. It also discusses how kids can help to reduce the Earth's warming and save the Polar Bears and their home.
My Review: This is a very educational book that discusses the changes that global warming cause for the polar bears and the Arctic, from breaking up the pack ice to causing them to overheat. It looks at the polar bears' plight from a little girl's view. At the end, the book shows things that make a difference in reducing global warming and help the polar bears: recycling, planting a tree, reducing our energy use. My almost 3 yo really enjoyed this book even though she didn't quite understand all of the concepts discussed. She did recognize the polar bear and asked me often 'why' and kept noting how sad it was that the polar bears were lost from their mommy.  Overall a great way to explain the global warming effects on the environment and polar bears. My daughter had me stop reading so we could go get her polar bear softies to reassure them while we were reading that everything was going to be okay. She then asked me if we were recycling, and I explained what recycling meant as well as that we were recyclers. She also asked if we could plant a tree and I said that we would to celebrate her and the Cheeky Monkey's birthdays (we'll keep you posted on that one). The illustrations were very beautiful.

Easy to Be Green, is an activity book with lots of eco-friendly and simple things that help to show children how easy it is to be "Green." It looks at the environmental topics of global warming, carbon footprints, recycling, reusing, reducing, composting at home, green cleaning, endangered animal awareness and finding your voice when it comes to how children feel about the environment and the issues facing it.
My Review: This book is a little old for my kids, but it would be a definite use to school age children. Not quite geared to all who would be purchasing it in the rest of the planet though, only mentions the US government when it comes to writing your elected members. It does give a great bit of facts on what you can do for composting and recycling as well as reducing garbage. It notes changes that have happened since awareness has grown by the public and pressured our governments to take a stand for the environment. It could cater to all ages from 3 up if it had included little things that they could do as well. Overall, a great addition to school curriculum as far as education resources and workbook during science.
This Is Our World,  is an interactive book with 2 puzzles (double sided). It is a story about how little things we do help to taking care of the Earth.  The book is very colourful and goes through different areas where children can help the Earth through planting trees / gardens, recycling and cleaning up the environment. As you read you collect the puzzle pieces and at the end of the book is a space to assemble the puzzles.
My Review: I really enjoyed reading this book to my daughter because she like collecting the pieces as we went along and the colourful illustrations were eye-catching to her. We enjoyed putting the puzzles together over and over again. It will definitely be apart of our regular reading and activities. It showed how kids are able to get involved at various places, such as parks, home, school and the beach.

My First Garden, is an educational book that teaches about growing a garden as well as colours. It is from the point of view of a mother and daughter preparing soil, sewing seeds, watering the seeds to make their first garden, watching the seeds grow into vegetables of all colours, and eating them in soup. The book is shaped like a basket with a handle cut out so it can be carted around where ever a child may choose to read.
My Review: I really enjoyed this book along with my 3 yo, because she could name all the colours and the vegetables as we read the book. It is very much geared to the preschool and up age group. After reading the book, my daughter went on to pretend she was gardening the rest of the afternoon (it has given me some ideas for her "Tickle Trunk"- Mr. Dress Up circa 1970s & 1980s, it's like pretend prop box). It was fun interacting and helping her learn as we read along. This really shows kids how if we become a little self-sufficient with growing our own garden and reaping the rewards of food, we are also helping the effects on the environment on various levels (underlying theme of the story for parents to explain to their children here). My daughter also liked carrying the book like basket.

Wonder Pets: Save the Tree, is a book from the Nickelodeon's Big Green Help series of books that takes the kid-driven initiative approach to saving the Planet, using the Wonder Pets characters. The book is based on the episode that won the 2006 Environmental Media Award for Children's Animated Television! Here the Wonder Pets travel to the city to save a little tree that is struggling to survive in a trash-strewn empty lot. They work together to clean up the lot, giving the tree more sunlight and space. They use rain water to provide the tree with nourishment. And use their teamwork to plant a garden around it with their new city friends. The tree then gives everyone a special springtime surprise!  My Review: This was a great book to read with my daughter, she is a avid Wonder Pets fan (I am a closet fan...shhhh, don't tell anyone). We  sang the song at the point in the story when the Wonder Pets would as well, always fun! I have to say this book was very cute in the way it touched on the topic of cleaning up the environment. It also on the front inside cover discussed things to help the trees help the Earth.  A very fun and educational book in the Big Green Help series. By far my daughter's favourite of all the books we reviewed.

I also received a plantable book marker from Little Green Books, with instructions on how to plant it. We will be doing this tomorrow and will post pictures on how we did and how the plants are doing

So in honour of how we can make Everyday Earth Day and Summer being on it's way,
have graciously offered to give away, 
1 of the 5 Eco-friendly titles I reviewed to 5 of my readers.

How to do you enter?
I am giving you 5 chances to be entered in this giveaway!
Please leave a separate comment for each entry.
Don't forget toleave a means for me to contact you.

  Mandatory Entry
Become a Follower of this blog. Already a follower, please remind me.

Second Entry
Leave a comment on how you and your family are helping the Earth

Third Entry
Visit the Little Green Blog, and tell me if you are a "Localvore" (Do you eat locally grown)

Fourth Entry
Give me one of your Green cleaning ideas

Final Entry
Go to Big Green Help and name one of the positive ways kids can help the Earth

Open to all of you out there in the bloggy-hood!!!
There will 5 winners chosen and they will receive one of the 5 books I reviewed here from Little Green Books!!
Giveaway closes Wednesday, June 30th, @ 11:59 pm (EST)
Winners to be announces Thursday, July1st 

*** IMPORTANT NOTE: I will notify the winners via email, so be sure to leave a means for me to contact you. If you are a winner, you will have 48 hours to respond to claim your prize! Please include your mailing address with your response.

Good Luck to all of you!!!!

***On a side note: Please also check out  Little Green Books, where you will find there are also Eco-themed games, downloadable pages, activities, and a resource page for Parents and Teachers as well as their Little Green blog. you can also purchase their book titles there.

A huge thank you to 
Little Green Books 
for providing me with this giveaway, 
so we can help make 
Every Day Earth Day!
Disclaimer: I have not received any monetary compensation for reviewing these products of which I am provided for free; and the point of view expressed here is completely objective. 

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Jenn said...

Hey there - I'm stopping in from Friday Follow Me & I'm SO glad I did!! I LOVE this book idea!! My son LOVES books (he's just starting to do reviews on my blog!!) and I'm on an eco-friendly organic kick lately so I LOVE the message these books send! I hope this counts as an entry to win - I'm a new follower! Have a great weekend! :)


Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com said...

What a fun giveaway. Thanks for letting me know about it. I put it on my sidebar!


Mama Hen said...

Hey there! This giveaway looks great! I just found your blog! You have a new follower! Come visit me at Mama's Little Chick when you get a chance.

Mama Hen

Domestic Diva said...

I follow with gfc. Thanks for the chance.

Domestic Diva said...

We use cloth diapers and wipes (and extremely little paper anything else).

Domestic Diva said...

We try to be localvores. We grow a lot of our own produce, and do almost all of our grocery shopping at the farmer's market from spring through fall.

Domestic Diva said...

We use cloth rags instead of paper towels for cleaning, and make most of our own cleaners. Vinegar is your friend!

Domestic Diva said...

I like that the big green help site has lots of activities that focus on empowering kids to help them realize they can make a difference

Brock and Kristina said...

I am now a follower!

Brock and Kristina said...

We are careful to not litter and we recycle all our paper goods.

Brock and Kristina said...

In the late summer/early fall, we are localvore's. We love the farmers market. We should try and do better other times of the year though. brockandkristina@yahoo.com

Brock and Kristina said...

I use homemade laundry soap. It's not as good as your brand names like Tide and All. But I love that I know what's in it and it works just as good/better than generics. The recipe can be found at http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/laundrysoap.htm

Corie said...

I know it's not much, but we've started using eco-friendly cleaners instead of chemicals.

Corie said...

My child (expecting any day now!) is already motivating me to be greener!

Corie said...

While I can't say that I'm a localvore, there is a huge push for restaurants to turn local. We enjoy supporting those restaurants!

coriehowell at gmail

Anonymous said...

Love the books!

Thanks for linking up at PonyTails&FishScales!


Tania QT said...

Loyal follower!

Tania QT said...

We do our own natural and organic fertilizer, no poo involved.

Tania QT said...

Yes, "I have my own veggie and fruit garden, in my local home, lol.

Tania QT said...

My son is a big fan of Polar bears, so I will choose thepPolar bear home.

Tania QT said...

We recycle our plastic bags and papers goods too.

LaVonne said...

I am a new follower.

LaVonne said...

We are buying a lot more organic and local items. We also stopped buying bottled water, use our own shopping bags, and pay for curb side recycling. :)

LaVonne said...

We live in a county that is FULL of farms. So yes, we try to be a localvore as best as we can. Plus, it is nice to help out our local farmers, and a big plus - many are organic or pesticide free! :)

LaVonne said...

Green cleaning idea: buy eco-friendly cleaning products from Costco. Their kirkland brand is WAY cheaper.

LaVonne said...

Leave the car and walk to the park. The website says "Curb the Car". We do love to walk in the summer with our daughter. :)

sucor said...

I've been a follower for a while.

sucor said...

We help the earth by composting, recycling (have excellent recycling center locally), and freecycle or otherwise donate and pass on still usable items.

sucor said...

We eat as local and organic as possible. We do live in a farming area. It is much easier during our local growing season though.

sucor said...

Our green cleaning tips are: Use rags; we don't buy paper products other than TP and tissues. Old flannel sheets, Pj's, and towels are cut up and when the rags get worn out, they are used for gross messes and tossed instead of washed. Make homemade laundry soap and use vinegar and baking soda to make cleaners.

sucor said...

Kids can sort recyclables and returnables. They can turn off lights, take shorter showers and wear jeans more than one day when still clean. They can hang their towels to dry and reuse them. Kids are usually taught about being green in our schools and are open to ideas to help.

Unknown said...

We're helping the Earth by shopping with reusable bags all the time now.

Samantha @ The Douangphilas said...

new follower of your blog!

Julie S said...

I follow your blog!

This Lil Piglet said...

Following your blog thanks to TTA! Please stop by to follow my blog back. :)

Unknown said...

I'm your newest follower from Trailing Tuesdays