Monday, April 22, is International Mother Earth Day! Events will be taking place all around the globe to raise awareness of the need to protect the environment and educate people to preserve our natural resources and help children learn to be good stewards of this planet. I agree with Roni Baras, author of 55 Ways to Save the Environment and Make a Difference, when she says: “As parents, we have a responsibility to teach our kids to care for the world.”
Here are a few ways that parents and young children can participate, not only on Earth Day, but all year long:
- Don’t Litter: Walk to a local park and talk about how it looks better when people don’t leave trash – bring a bag and pick up garbage
- Grow Stuff: Plant herbs, flowers and vegetables outside or in pots – teach kids how to care for them
- Save Energy: Turn off lights when they are not needed
- Conserve Water: Turn off the faucet when brushing teeth – install water-saving shower heads and faucets
- Reduce Pollution: Walk or bike if possible instead of driving short distances
Here’s a really fun idea! How about washing your hair in the rain? I spoke with my sister yesterday and she reminded me of the times when we were kids and we would go outside with a bottle of shampoo when it was raining and giggle and laugh as we played with heads full of suds.
When I realized that Earth Day was approaching, I wanted to choose a story for today’s review that would reflect the spirit of conservation. I can’t believe I hadn’t reviewed this classic – one of my ALL-TIME favorites. For more Perfect Picture Book Friday reviews, please visit Susanna Leonard Hill and check out her amazing resource list of over 1000 books.
Written and illustrated by Virginia Lee Burton
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (1942)
Ages: 3 and up
Themes: urbanization, change, environment, pollution, progress
Opening Lines: “Once upon a time there was a Little House way out in the country. She was a pretty Little House and she was strong and well built.”
- This book won the 1943 Caldecott Medal
- It was the first book I remember my mother reading to me!
- The illustrations are delightful
- The personality of the Little House shines through.
- I grew up in the city – and always wished I could be living in the country. I know just how The Little House felt.
- This is a great read aloud story
How Parents Can Use This Book:
- As a lovely read aloud
- As a springboard for discussing the pros and cons of urbanization
- To examine similarities and differences – country vs. city life
5 Minute Fun for Busy Moms on the Run: Make The Little House Cake
You will need: 1 yellow loaf cake, 1 container of frosting, several tubes of decorating gel in different colors, six graham crackers, cardboard for the base
- Put cake (ready-made if you are rushed or bake from scratch if you are not) on the cardboard.
- Frost the cake.
- Use the frosting as ‘glue’ and prop the graham crackers on top to form the roof.
- Add windows, shutters, door, etc. with the gel.
Make a little house collage with geometric shapes cut from construction paper
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