Wednesday, June 3, 2009

"Green" board books

I spotted this pair of board books at the library, and we've been enjoying them all week.  

Green Start: Baby Animals (Hardcover), by Ikids. Made out of 98% recycled materials, this board book stood out as earth-friendly as soon as we set eyes on it. The book features a handful of animals. Each animal appears on two pages. The first time, it is hiding within its natural habitat, and the text begs the reader to seek it out. On the following page, we see the animal revealed, with an explanation of what the animal had been doing on the previous page. The last two pages are packed with information about the difference between threatened, endangered, and extinct animals; how animals become threatened; and simple ways to protect the environment.

Excerpt:

"Where are the baby polar bears? / The baby polar bears are rolling in the snow."

Bookworm's interest at 18 months: This is a big favorite this week, almost eclipsing Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever, which is holding strong. He loves pointing proudly at the hiding animals, smiling a big smile when you congratulate him at finding it. He stands up and does a little jig when the text explains that the dolphins are "jumping." He also sometimes does the same thing for the elephant, which is "trumpeting," so he must feel that sounds a bit like jumping. We also get a cuddle whenever he sees the polar bears rolling together (arms around each other). He's so cute when he reads this one that I keep meaning to video record it.




Green Start: In the Garden (Hardcover), by Ikids. Like "baby animals," this board book is also made of 98% recycled materials. The sweet, repetitive text focuses on foods in the garden. Each two page spread (other than first and last) feature a food on the left ("The red tomato grows on the vine") and some variation of "I pick it and eat it!" on the right. The last two pages contain information about growing cherry tomatoes, handy organic gardening tips, and recipes for fruit slush and applesauce. This would make a lovely gift for a garden loving toddler (or mother to be), paired with "The Carrot Seed," by Ruth Krauss (you can read our review of the Carrot Seed here).

Excerpt:

"The green beans grow on the vine. / I pick them and eat them!"

Bookworm's interest at 18 months: A special spread at the end labels all of the fruits and vegetables. Our son loves these kinds of "review" pages at the end of books. He likes to be quizzed. He's far more interested in the animals book than this one, but he is also not much of an eater.




There are two additional books in this series, called "One Tree" and the "Five Senses" that we haven't read yet. The four books together would make a lovely gift.

For additional "green" reading for your little ones, you can check out our related children's book reviews about the environment, many of which we reviewed around Earth Day. 

What environmentally-friendly books do you or your kids enjoy?


1 comment:

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

I'm very curious about In The Garden. I've never seen it, but now I'll be on the look out... thanks!