Good Morning! It’s time!
Today is HUGE in the OBE universe as we kick off a week’s worth of fantastic Earth Day good times with the opening of our new Family Community Gardens in partnership with the Comox Valley Regional District.
The ribbon cutting is the culmination of a day’s worth of family-friendly events including those fun recycled puppets we showed you here on Tuesday along with egg cup plantings and some very cool worm jar making.
In honour of kicking off Earth Day in style, let’s check out a few great planet-focused reads that are fun, thoughtful and an excellent way to plug your kids into thinking green.
I also have to throw in a movie plug for, strangely as I’m not a giant Barbie fan, Barbie Presents Thumbelina. Popop and Grandma Sharon sent this one in a recent care package and I have to admit that it is one cute, sweet tale about getting your priorities straight when it comes to the planet.
Fairies, Earth Day, it’s bound to win.:)
Anyway, we’ve been checking out green books the last couple of weeks and came across a few that got a muched-love rating.
The Barefoot Book of Earth Tales, retold by Dawn Casey and illustrated by Anne Wilson, ended up first on our list.
The tiny person totally dug folk tales from far off places like Australia, Bali and Wales. To boot, each tale is followed up by an eco-project that reflects that culture.
This gorgeous book (the illustrations are lovely) is a great way to connect the dots between cultures around the world in a hands-on way that kids totally get.
Keeping going down the folk tale path, a friend recommended The People Who Hugged The Trees by Deborah Lee Rose, illustrated by Birgitta Saflund.
At first, I thought this tale from India might be a bit heavy for our preschooler. But, the story brought out the best in both of us.
It’s lesson about determination and sacrifice for the good of the many is both touching and something that gets in a kid’s head. We went out for a tree walk the afternoon after first reading this and had an amazing chat about loving the trees. It struck me golden.
On the bit lighter side, we almost always defer to Wendy Pfeffer for some very cool nature tales. Her Wiggling Worms at Work is a totally great way to learn about the nature of any kid’s most beloved nature treasure – worms.
It’s a bit silly, a lot of cool information and perfect for learning about all of the cool things we’re going to be doing out at the Compost Education Centre on Headquarters Road.
We’ll be out there from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. today and – after you’ve come out to hang with OBE, leave a comment here about your favourite part of the day to enter into a drawing to win some great Earth Day books including the Barefoot Book of Earth Tales, About Insects, A Guide for Children and a David Suzuki Eco-Activity book.
Our giveaways today are courtesy of Barefoot Books Publishing, Blue Heron Book Store in Comox and Planet Kids in Comox.