The Big Green Book by Ian Winton and Fred Pearce
|The Big Green Book by Ian Winton and Fred Pearce|
|Category: Children's Non-Fiction|
|Reviewer: Keith Dudhnath|
|Summary: A jam-packed guide to all the environmental issues you could imagine. With more flaps, pop-ups and tabs than you could shake a stick at, The Big Green Book will keep kids busy and informed for ages. Recommended.|
|Buy? Yes||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 12||Date: September 2010|
|Publisher: Eden Project Children's Books|
|External links: Author's website|
Well, the title's right: it's big, it's green (in message, not colour) and it's a book. The Big Green Book is a super guide to environmental issues for young kids. It's packed to the brim with information, and has more flaps and pop-ups than you could shake a stick at.
Educational, yet fun, The Big Green Book is crying out to be pored over. It covers everything you'd expect: ecology, rainforests, global warming, melting ice caps, saving water, and pollution. There's a barrage of facts, but it never feels overwhelming. Take it in bit by bit, lift the flaps, rotate the wheels, pull the tabs, and soak up the information. It's aimed at Key Stage 1 and 2 children, and the level of information is perfectly pitched at them. It's robust enough to be shared with children not yet able to read for themselves - just pick and choose which bits to read, or you'll be there forever.
It's a beautiful package, with clear, cartoony illustrations, and impressive paper engineering - particularly the pop-ups. Even though some of the smaller tabs and flaps might seem a little simple, there are so many of them that every child is going to love lifting and pulling everything. It all builds towards a double-layer roll and move board game at the end, which is a nice way to round things off.
The Big Green Book is best suited for a school or a library, but it would also make for a slightly worthy Christmas or birthday present. There's so much in there that you can read it time and again, each time learning more and more about how to save the planet. Budding environmentalists will have a whale of a time. Recommended.
My thanks to the publishers for sending it to Bookbag.
Science: Sorted! Evolution, Nature and Stuff by Glenn Murphy is a great look at... well, evolution, nature and stuff. Gaia Warriors by Nicola Davies is also well-worth a look. Planet In Peril by Anita Ganeri and Mike Phillips is well worth a read for young eco warriors. 10 Things I Can Do To Help My World by Melanie Walsh is aimed at slightly younger children, and Will Jellyfish Rule the World? by Leo Hickman is for the older readers. Adults will love anything from Bookbag's Top Ten Green Books for Eco-Warriors. If it's pop-up non-fiction you want, check out Cars - A Pop-Up Book Of Automobiles by Robert Crowther - perhaps the antithesis to The Big Green Book, though.
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