Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Earth Day Book review

Spring has sprung and Earth Day (April 22) is just around the corner.  We have started reading a few of the many, very beautiful books from Barefoot Books. Stories about Mother Earth and living in harmony with the natural world. Here are a few of our favorites. You can find these wonderful books at Butterfly Book Nook.

My Mama Earth. (ages 1-7)
These gorgeous pages paint a picture of Mama Earth's touch on each day. It is a simple story of the magnificent aspects of nature. The lyrics are imaginative and rhythmic and the youngest tots on up to adults will enjoy reading and reciting. "My Mama wakes the eastern sun, and weaves her magic till the day's done"

Whole World (ages 3-7)
A book of the song you likely grew up singing. Again this book has beautiful high quality art on every page. My favorite part is that it alternated "He's got the whole world in His hands" with "She's got the whole world in Her hands"  There are eco-tips in this edition and a singalong CD too.

Earth Tales ages (5-11)
The seven folk tales illustrate how different cultures around the world set out to live in harmony with the natural world. These stories are reminiscent of ones that would be told throughout generations around a fire. The stories are beautifully written and elaborate for the older child, but a younger one would also enjoy being read to. Each of the tales is followed by a hands-on activity that promotes green living and reinforces the eco-messages of the stories. 

The Sun Mother - Australia
Why the Sky is Far away - Nigeria
She Who Is Alone - American Southwest
Grumpy Gecko- Bali
The Magic Garden - Kazakhstan
Amrita's Tree - India
Stink Water- Wales

My favorite excerpts from The Sun Mother.
The Great Spirit spoke again. "It is time you wake the Earth." The Sun Mother smiled a sunbeam smile, and the Earth was warmed.
 When the Sun Mother walked out into the world again, she was leading a kaleidoscope of butterflies behind her. The insects fluttered from bush to bush and the world was a dance of shimmering color.
"Look around you  - this is the place you belong to. All around you are your family: the land, the wind, and the waters, the plants and the animals. You are all part of the same spirit..."

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Happy Reading

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