Get more info on the Green Kids Club here: http://www.greenkidsclub.com/
My day job is actually related to sustainability in science and I’m quite passionate about the subject, so I was very intrigued when I heard about this Green Kids Club and had a chance to review one of their books. The club’s tagline is “environmental activities for kids” – with 5 and 7 year old kids at home, that seems perfect for me to get them engaged and excited about the environment around them. Their website has a few activity suggestions and some very simple games (a word search, matching game, and a couple where kids can interact with a simple scene on the screen). These games seem to be made for touchscreen devices, so I would recommend trying them out on a tablet or phone. The book I received is “The Green Spring”. The illustrations are nicely done in a style that I think will appeal to younger kids. The text though is a bit heavy handed with a teaching type style. I wish that it were more plot and character driven, with a bit less obvious attempts to push environmental principles onto the reader. It just feels to me that the kids would be more likely to embrace and retain the key messages if the story were more engaging in this way. With that said, I do think it provides a nice introduction for kids to the basic concepts of environmental sustainability, with a cast of animals and children that young readers can relate to. All in all I’d say this is a cute book for a classroom setting where the messages can be backed up with some interactive group activities, but might not be my first choice for a home library where it’s harder to plan some of those related exercises.
I’m very glad that I was able to receive this as a free promotional sample in order to evaluate and provide my honest review.