Monday 29 April 2013

Barefoot Books Celebrating Earth Day 2013

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This year's Earth Day was on April 22nd the lovely people at Barefoot Books sent us 3 books which link in nicely to celebrating our planet and connecting with nature:

Grandpa's GardenGrandpa's Garden by Stella Fry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

All year, Billy helps his grandpa in the vegetable garden.

This is the delightful story of Billy and his grandpa in the vegetable garden. It takes you and your child through the seasons as there are different jobs to do depending on the time of year. It starts in winter when all seems dead and finishes with the autumn harvest.

The illustrations are bright and colourful and the story not too complicated. When it ends then there are tips for planting your own vegetable garden and each season has its own list of Grandpa's tips and jobs.

This book is therefore not just a story but also a gardening guide for children. This makes the price of £5.99 a very good one.

A Farmer's Life for Me: With CD (Enhanced)A Farmer's Life for Me: With CD by Jan Dobbins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A simple story about the life of a farmer with each page having a verse and illustrations for one of the tasks the farmer's family have to do. Each ends with the same refrain 1-2-3 a farmer's life for me.

A great idea to introduce younger children to farm life and in the back there are more details about each of the task which you can talk about with your child. My 6.5 year declared that the book was for children younger than him but that he really liked it!

This version also comes with a CD. This includes a group singing the book to appropriate country sounding music. If you are brave the score is included in the book! There is also an interactive animation of the story with the word to sing highlighted as you go.

Nice bright illustrations and a good book to share. I'd say this was best for 4-6 year olds. Again well priced at £6.99.

The Barefoot Book of Earth Tales (One World, One Planet)The Barefoot Book of Earth Tales by Dawn Casey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I will take a while to finish this with my daughter as it is jam packed with stories from around the world. Each of them give a view point from a different country about the relationships between man and nature or how nature interacts with each other part.

Each story is followed by an activity to do. Some of these are arty such as Australian painting. Or maybe creating a bird feeder or building a willow wigwam. I will have fun trying some of these out over the school holidays.

A good book to share with primary aged children to help them think about the world and how to look after it.

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