Conservation is a step taken by the largest of us and the smallest of us; both have equally important impacts on our futures. I'm not saying that each and every person needs to become 100% green right this very moment (though it would help), but doing your part will go a long way in creating a better tomorrow. How can you help? There's recycling, turning off the lights when you leave a room, turn the water off while brushing your teeth...just to name a few. Some companies have gotten in on the action too and made the process easier and even more fun. You may or may not have heard of a little company called Terracycle. Their site explains it better than I could, but basically they take different categories of recycled goods and turn them into various products....including school supplies, purses, lunch bags, and more. They are actually pretty cool (in my opinion)...er, unique (yea, that sounds better). So the next time you toss your soda can by the wayside or leave your office for lunch....why not consider taking the green step available to you? (End of "A" celebration number 1...moving to celebration number 2....ready?)
Our second "A" celebration focus is due to the given day! It is 04/30/10 (or at least it is in a few minutes) and Arbor Day is here! What's Arbor Day? (My, my, my...aren't we curious today. That's okay, I like it that way.) Arbor Day is the day that we all band together across the 50 states to plant a tree and help preserve the beauty and majesty of the world we live in. It's growth in popularity has even made it an idea celebrated in several other countries around the globe. With this wonderful message of helping Mother Nature with her tasks, the post for today is offered for your review. Today's book of choice is....
Katie and Papa are the true narrators of the story but the star of the show is nature's wonder itself....the tree! From start to finish, we follow Katie and her family as their little portion of the world under goes changes for the better under their own hands. We start out with a dry treeless plain (GASP! The horror...) and slowly but surely move to a land of green generations later, all thanks to a little thought from the townspeople. You see, this little town needs a towns square. Why? Well, if you have one where you live (I did back up North and it was literally a square, but alas, not down here), you know that they are more than a potential marking point for the center of town. They serve as a gathering place as well for relaxing, festivals, and all sorts of fun. People meet, greet, and play in these designated areas and why not have it be a place of beauty? With a little hard work and a little community love, this is one little town that will show the world that green is a great color to be.
A sweet and touching story, the author has done a wonderful job of keeping the spirit of the day it celebrates while creating a story that will capture young readers. The illustrations are warm and full of life while still depicting the quaint nature of their beginnings straight through to their prolific city of tomorrow. Trees (and Nature in general) are an important aspect of our natural enviroments. They provide shade, housing (in both lumber and for small animals), food (acorns, and leaves depending on the critter), and of course they help to clean our air of carbon dioxide. That's right! Your favorite little places to while away a summer day while appreciating the beauty of the world, the feel of the breeze, and a good book (oh, wait, that's MY ideal...well, perhaps you share "the dream") also do their part in making our world a better place. I love the fact that the author takes the last page and dedicates it to the abbreviated history of this yearly event sharing its origins (in 1872 no less!), the worldwide appeal and also the website for the National Arbor Day Foundation. (Loads of great information there....including the option to buy trees online, participate in contests, and even a tree identifying index!)
To say that this book is just that, a book....would be doing it a disservice in my eyes. The story is touching, the pictures a perfect accompaniment as you read along, but the message it conveys is relevant for this generation and every generation. If we want a greener tomorrow, it all starts with the little choices we make today. From recycling, turning off lights and electronics when not in a room, turning off the water while brushing our teeth....there are so many little things we can choose to be a part of that will have an impact on the overall picture. So, how will you start?
Review copy received courtesy of Erin at Peachtree Publishers. (THANK YOU) For more on this and their other great titles, be sure to check out their site, BLOG, or follow along on ther Twitter feed (one and two).
Until next time....give Mother Nature a hand and plant a tree today!