Thursday, April 22, 2010

Happy Earth Day - Book Nook Corner

Yes, today, April 22nd is the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day but let's not forget that......
Earth Day Graphics

Today, my town is hosting like many towns around the globe, a community clean up. We were scheduled to participate in this but unfortunately this year we will have to forgo. My daughter has been almost unable to see with her swollen eyes due to the high pollen over the last few days. Today we are trying a new medication to see if she gets some relief. Thank goodness for Harper Collins who have sent us a few books to keep us busy and involved.

Thanks to Harper Collins Children I have been given some awesome Earth Day Books to review.

The first one is Biscuit's Earth Day Celebration.

It's Earth Day!
Join Biscuit as he helps take care of our green world. From planting seeds to cleaning up, Biscuit's
celebration is an exciting adventure for Earth Day and for every day!
Have more fun with Biscuit!

What I Can Tell You: One of the many things I love about the Biscuit books is that the kids feel they are reading because they can say the "woof, woof" part. It keeps them engaged and listening for their part. I loaded it to my daughter's preschool to read today and the kids loved it!  The price is also good. At $3.99 this is a wonderful book and well priced.  What a great first book to introduce children to conservation and recycling. Great for even the youngest listeners.

Next up, Global Warming by Seymour Simon

Earth's climate has always varied, but it is now changing more rapidly than at any other time in recent centuries. The climate is very complex, and many factors play important roles in determining how it changes.
Why is the climate changing? Could Earth be getting warmer by itself? Are people doing things that make the climate warmer?

Award-winning science writer Seymour Simon teams up with the Smithsonian Institution to give you a full-color photographic introduction to the causes and effects of global warming and climate change.

What I Can Tell You: A very interesting, colorful book about the beautiful planet that we live on and how our carbon footprint is changing our planets climate.  It is the contrast photos that were eye opening for me.

What I Want To Know: How come this is the first time I am hearing about Seymour Simon? His site is engaging, interesting and educational. I will be visiting often. 

For more information on Seymour Simon go to his very educational website. To hear Seymour's message, check out this video.

BTW...Seymour has a blog, you can find it here.

Last but certainly not least is Where Do Polar Bears Live? This book is written by Sarah L. Thomson and Illustrated by Jason Chin.

Let's-Read-and-Find-Out about Polar Bears
The Arctic might be a bit too chilly for you or me to live there, but it is the perfect home for polar bears. The fur between the pads of their paws keeps them from slipping on the ice. Their skin and blubber are like a warm blanket. But the earth is getting warmer and the ice is melting. Where will the polar bears live? How can we help protect their home? Read and find out!

What I Can Tell You: The story talks about how polar bears are losing their homes due to the melting ice. It shows a mother and cub trying to survive as the climate around them changes.  The book also talks about changes you can make to help the polar bear and the planet. It begins at the end of hibernation and the mother bear poking through the snow so that she and her cub can search for food. The pictures are engaging for early listeners and questions are sure to arise. I thought that my daughter would be disturbed with one scene where the bears eat a seal.  She asked "is that blood?" I told her yes, and then we talked about the food the bears eat. She understood that the bears needed food to live and was fine with it although she went back to the page two times after we finished the book.

Thanks to Harper Collins Children for forwarding our Earth Day books. We and our preschool appreciate it.


  1. Anonymous6:13 PM

    I must borrow these books and bring them to my job. I am sure the kids will love these books.

  2. Great book reviews--we love Biscuit :)
    I have some advice--never bring Goddess to the south in the spring. We have so much pollen here that the white siding on my house is yellow, my car is yellow even though it was just washed, even the concrete on my walkway is YELLOW! I talked to a lady from Indiana the other day who was visting--she was just shocked! Her poor little girl was miserable like Goddess.


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