Thursday, April 22, 2010

Special Earth Day Review and Giveaway-Little Green Books

Happy Earth Day!  Today is the 40th anniversary of this special day, but what exactly IS Earth Day?  Earth Day is a day to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment.  It was founded by US Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach in held on April 22,1970.  Earth Day is celebrated in the Spring in the Northern Hemisphere and in the Fall in the Southern Hemisphere.  Many communities also celebrate Earth Week, an entire week focused on environmental issues.  Ways you can help the earth: use recyclable bags instead on paper or plastic, use organic or natural cleaners, use energy efficient light bulbs throughout your home, and recycle what you can.  Every little thing that you do can help our earth be a better place not only for yourself, but for our future generations as well. 

I had the opportunity on a couple of occasions to receive some great books from Simon & Schuster's Little Green Books line.  Little Green Books are a new series of books that will really get your kids excited about going green.  From recycling to replanting, to creating awareness of endangered animals and so much more, Little Green Books plant the seeds for earth-friendly living at an early age.  Each book is made from recycled materials and printed with vegetable or soy based inks.  This is an absolutely great series for children of all ages.  My oldest really loves to read and is very concerned about the environment.  She is very active in recycling and loves to help me in this almost on a daily basis.  She is always working hard to conserve water and energy around the home as well.  When she received these books, she was very excited to read them and learn more about what she could do to help make the earth a better place.  We received the following Little Green Books:
*Spongebob Goes Green-When Spongebob messes with Mother Nature, he brings global warming on Bikini Bottom.  Can he reverse the damage he's caused before it's too late? Recommended for ages 4-6 $4.99

*The Polar Bears' Home-Come along on an arctic adventure with a young girl as she learns about polar bears and the effects of global warming. Recommended for ages 4-6 $3.99

*The Adventures of an Aluminum Can-Peek into this diary of an aluminum can as it goes on a journey from the manufacturing line to the store shelf to a little girl's home to a garbage can and finally to a recycling plant, where it emerges into it's new a baseball bat!  Recommended for ages 4-6 $3.99
*The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle-Peek into this plastic bottle's diary as he writes all about his wild journey from the refinery, to the manufacturing line, to the store shelf, to a little boy's home, to the garbage, to the recycling plant and finally...into a space suit! Recommended for ages 4-6 $3.99

*I Can Save the Earth-Max is a little monster who likes to litter and never, ever recycles.  Then the electricity goes out and he sees how exciting and beautiful the Earth is..and that it will need his help to stay that way! Recommended for ages 4-6 $3.99

*What Do You See?-From a panda bear to a butterfly, each spread in this lift the flap book features text and die cuts which hints at the animal's identity, until it is finally identified by lifting the flap.  Recommended for ages 2-5 $6.99

*My First Garden-Come along with a mother and daughter as they dig up soil, plant a flower bed, and water the seeds to make their very first garden. Together they watch the colorful vegetables grow and grow!  This book teaches a first concept of colors as well.  It also has a handle die cut through on every page so kids can take this book wherever they go. Recommended for ages 2-5 $6.99

*Little Monkey and Little Panda-Meet Little Monkey and his friend Little Panda as they spend their day eating their favorite foods and playing together.  Little ones will love to cuddle with this super soft fleece cloth books that's made out of cotton and recycled Polartec fleece.  These books are machine washable and come packaged in a chipboard box that's made of 100% recycled materials. Recommended for ages 0-3 $9.99

These books are absolutely wonderful, colorful and brilliantly illustrated.  Each book contains a positive message and really gets kids thinking about what they may have been doing that puts the earth in danger and what they can do to change it.  My oldest absolutely loved each and every one of the books and really took something positive out of each one.  The little one really loved the Little Panda and Little Monkey books and even though she doesn't quite understand the meanings behind them yet, she will be able to in the future.  She has carried her little books around almost everyday and loves to sit down on the floor just to look at them.  She has even taken a couple of her sisters Little Green Books just to look at the pictures.  I also love how on the back of the books, there is a fact such as "Did you know-a dripping faucet can waste up to three gallons of water a day?"  Definitely facts that even I didn't know!  These books even feature a list of words and their definitions in the back of the book that kids will run across throughout the story and might otherwise wonder what they mean, I think this is perfect.  I am definitely in love with the Little Green Books series from Simon & Schuster because I am learning so much right along with my girls and that makes me feel like a good parent.  I can't even begin to tell you how much my oldest daughter has learned from this series of books as well.  I can't wait to add more of these great books to my girls' library.  These books really teach our children detrimental things that make our earth a better place to live in.

Little Green Books and The Big Green Help have teamed up to bring you books from your favorite Nickleodeon characters.  You can also check out their Green Glossary on the Little Green Books site to find those definitions of words you might not otherwise know.  For more information and to check out all of the other great Little Green Books being offered, please head over HERE.  Also check out the great games that your kids and even you can play as well as some great downloads HERE.

The generous folks at Simon & Schuster and Little Green Books would love to give one of my lucky Mommy2TwoGirls readers a Little Green Books book bundle of all of the books that I received. (approx value $50)

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Giveaway will end Friday 5/7 at 7 pm EST.  Winner will be chosen via and notified by email as well as posted here on my blog.  Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.  Open to US and Canada ONLY!  Special thanks to Amanda and everyone at Simon & Schuster/Little Green Books for sponsoring this giveaway.  GOOD LUCK!
Disclosure- I received no monetary compensation for this review, only a free selection on books provided to me by Simon & Schuster/ Little Green Books in exchange for my honest opinions.  The words expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way.  Additional information provided by the Little Green Books site. 


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