Earth-Friendly Stories Get Children into Going Green

Thu, 2009-09-24 01:22

Green is more than a color these days.

Three terrific new books can help youngsters understand and embrace concepts contained within the new meaning of “green.”

“The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle: A Story About Recycling“ by Alison Inches is part of a series called “Little Green Books.” With lively illustrations by Pete Whitehead, it’s told in diary form from the point of view of a personable crude-oil blob, turned bottle, turned fleece sweatshirt for an astronaut, the little book is packed with information. 

It begins: “Dear Diary: Do you ever get the feeling you were meant to do something? Right now, I’m a thick oozing blob of crude oil deep underneath the ocean floor, and I’ve been here for thousands of years.”

Publisher Simon & Schuster used 100 percent vegetable-based ink and post-consumer waste recycled paper.

“10 Things I Can Do to Help My World” by Melanie Walsh, is a beautifully designed book aimed at the youngest conservationists.

With accessible suggestions such as “I remember to turn off the light when I leave the room” and “I use both sides of the paper,” Walsh demonstrates that even 3-year- olds can create change. Smaller type explains how each action helps. Bold pictures and die-cut pages add visual excitement.

Candlewick also used all-recycled materials for the book.

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