________________ CM . . . . Volume XIII Number 14 . . . . March 2, 2007

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Taking Care of Mother Earth. (Caring For Me).

Leanne Flett Kruger. Illustrated by Marie-Micheline Hamelin.
Penticton, BC: Theytus Books, 2005.
20 pp., pbk., $12.95.
ISBN 1-894778-30-8.

Subject Heading:
Environmental protection-Juvenile literature.

Preschool-kindergarten / Ages 3-5.

Review by Dave Jenkinson.

*** /4

   

excerpt:

Grandma is canning peaches today. Charlie helps by washing the peaches.

Grandma holds up a glass jar. "I reuse these jars every year to can peaches. I do not throw them out." Grandma peels the peaches at the kitchen table. Soon her bowl is full.

Charlie wants to help again. He washes the jars but forgets to turn of the water. You have done a great job Charlie, but it looks like you forgot one thing." "Yikes!" Charlie shuts off the tap.

 

As our political leaders continue to fuss over how we are going to save the environment, Kruger reminds her readers/listeners that change really begins and ends with the individual, even if that individual is a preschooler. As Charlie spends the day with his grandmother, she reminds him of ways to take care of Mother Earth through her modeling appropriate behaviours. She reuses her canning jars, reminds him to not waste water, composts the peach peelings, recycles pop cans and eschews pesticides in her garden, and notes that Charlie's angler sister returns undersized fish while not catching more than the family actually needs.

      While Taking Care of Mother Earth was produced as part of the "Caring For Me" series, a joint project between the Penticton Indian Band and Theytus Books, and funded by the First Nation and Inuit Health Branch, Health Canada for the BC First Nations Head Start Program, this short book's contents and theme will speak to preschoolers and parents from all cultural groups.

      On each pair of facing pages, an illustration occupies one page while the text, with a detail from the full-page illustration, takes up the other.

      Taking Care of Mother Earth will serve as a good discussion starter with preschoolers on other practical things they can do in their homes in terms of the other three R's - reusing, recycling and reducing.

Recommended.

Dave Jenkinson teaches in the Faculty of Education, the University of Manitoba.

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