Do you teach your kids to live green?
Consider this: The average age of US presidents, when they take office, is 54 years. The US Constitution requires that senators be at least 30 years of age. Decision makers in other countries are probably similar in age. That means, potentially, that within the next 20-50 years, our children will be making decisions for the world and our environment. If we encourage a strong sense of environmental responsibility in them, and give them the tools necessary to protect the planet, then we have hope for the future. And it's never too early to begin the process!
Today I'd like to introduce you to a charming book, Long Live Earth by Meighan Morrison.
Ms. Morrison wrote Long Live Earth 20 years ago for her small son. At that time, there weren't many colorful, interesting books for children about the environment. So, she got busy and wrote one which would appeal to children of all ages.
The result is a beautiful picture book with a clear message.
The story starts out talking about the early days of our planet and how it eventually was able to sustain life.
It then explains how we have caused damage to the earth.
The last part of the book is very hopeful. It explains that we must all do our part and that, working together, we can make a difference.
Let me give you my impressions of this book. The illustrations are beautiful. Each one is a photo of a quilt square handmade by Ms. Morrison. They are enchanting and whimsical. The text is done in rhyme; the cadence is very appealing and, I believe, will become like a song which stays in the heads (and hearts) of readers. Some of the words may need a bit of explanation for younger children but most kids will have no problem understanding the meaning. The book is appropriate for all age levels, for reading alone or together, and would make a terrific gift. Adults will enjoy it, as well!
Here's another fact which, as "greenies", you're sure to appreciate: the book is printed on recycled paper by FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified suppliers using certified environmentally-friendly ink. Yay!
I highly recommend this book ... for your kids, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, neighbors, schools, etc. You can purchase a copy by clicking HERE.
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Long Live Earth, Ms. Morrison has generously agreed to give away one copy to a lucky Reduce Footprints' reader. WhooHoo! If you don't have a child who might love this book, consider entering the contest and, should you win, giving the book to a local library or school. Or keep it for yourself ... we won't tell.
Please use the Rafflecopter form to enter the contest. There's one mandatory entry, to follow Ms. Morrison's site. The rest of the entry methods are optional ... the more you complete, the more entries you'll earn.
This giveaway is open WORLDWIDE ... thank you, Ms. Morrison!!
Good Luck, Everyone!
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I received a copy of "Long Live Earth" in order to write this review. I received no other compensation. All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone and reflect my honest opinion of the material reviewed.