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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Two books keep parents & kids environmentally aware {3-book #GIVEAWAY}

Disclosure: The following books were provided to me for the purpose of review and inclusion in the giveaway. Any opinions expressed are my own. This post may also contain affiliate links. Please read my complete disclosure policy.

Some adults have a difficult time grasping the information and details about our environment as well as what we can do as good citizens. So imagine trying to explain those same details to children. Enter two new books to help both children and their parents get a grasp of the subject and have fun while doing it:

“How are you, Mother Earth? We’re Taking You to the Doctor” by Gordon Hunter

“Mert, The Anxious Evergreen” written and illustrated by Claire Bowman


What’s going on with Mother Earth? Well, you won’t find out until she’s finished getting a checkup with the doctor. (Cute, right?) The idea for the book was birthed as the author sat in the waiting room of his family doctor. “I started wondering about who doctors the Earth? Her health is of the utmost importance to us as she provides us with the basic requirements for life.”

It was only two or three sentences into reading the book that I became intrigued with the idea. Parents should be able to glean points from it and relay them to younger children, but this book – in my opinion – is written for adults and older children of at least 8 and above. The author has definitely taken what can be a complicated subject and turned it into a relay of fun and interesting information. Without complicated explanations, the book focuses on global warming, climate change and natural energy consumption while putting everything in perspective.

The author, Gordon Hunter, is a true example of what he teaches through his book. “I drive a hybrid car, have solar panels on my house, I recycle, I use the latest improvements of low-wattage lighting, etc.,” he says. “I use every opportunity to inform the public of the dangers of global warming and climate change.” His proposal is that we – the public along with the government and corporations work together for such a worthy cause.

Taking the time to read How are you, Mother Earth? We’re Taking You to the Doctor with your children can also help you to make changes in the way you live. I, for one, am hoping this book teaches my children even more about this subject and gives them ideas on what they can do to help our Earth. Along with letting them know that you’re never too young to make a difference.


What about Mert? What is he so anxious about? From the back of the book:

“Troubled by encroaching land development, Mert hopes to be chosen as a Christ tree so he can save Hickory Flats farm and forest. Mert’s understanding of Christmas spirit evolves as he conspires with his friend John the cat to overcome new obstacles.

From a tiny evergreen seed to a family’s Christmas tree, Mert is entertaining, informative, fun and compassionate. As Mert grows he teaches his readers lessons he’s learning from his mother, his cat friend John Begonsen and from watching his humans Ol’ Joe, his grandson Cole and the girl Sally who likes him. There are also the developers wanting to destroy the forest and Ol’ Joe’s farm.

This isn’t a book that shares the complicated version of appreciating and caring for our environment; it’s a story of the lifecycle of one of the Earth’s important beings and how it effects us as humans. Well, that’s the story it is for me. We aren’t separate from Earth, we are its children and we must care for her as she ages.

Here is Information shared with me about the book:

In Mert, The Anxious Evergreen professional musician and children's author Claire Bowman brings her original Christmas carol to life for parents, grandparents, and kids. Mert is an anxious tree troubled by encroaching land development; he hopes to be chosen as a Christmas tree so he can save Hickory Flats farm and forest - but he's not quite sure how. He'll need help from his friend, John the cat, to find his true Christmas spirit and save his home.

Beautifully written and illustrated, Mert, The Anxious Evergreen offers lessons on friendship and camaraderie, finding humor in challenging situations, responsible land usage and environmental preservation, and what it means to have a true Christmas spirit. Bowman and her sister created the book with help from a successful crowd funding campaign on Kickstarter.

I’m honored to share these books with you through a giveaway. There will be two winners:

    • #1 – First winner will receive a copy of both books. “Mert, The Anxious Evergreen” by Claire Bowman and “How are you, Mother Earth? We’re Taking You to the Doctor” by Gordon Hunter.
    • #2 – The second winner will receive a copy of “How are you, Mother Earth? We’re Taking You to the Doctor”

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My children haven’t had a chance to sit down and enjoy these books yet, but when they do I’ll publish another post to let you know what they think.

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