Synopsis from Sourcebooks:
Discover all the ways that children can help protect the Earth and its precious resources in this brand new edition of the empowering and award-winning What Does It Mean to Be Green! Features all new artwork and updated facts, tips, and more
What does it really mean to be green? The answers might surprise you! From turning off the water while you brush your teeth to walking to the park instead of driving, and even recycling or reusing old artwork, there are all kinds of things kids can do to help keep the earth clean and healthy! With lots of amazing facts and helpful tips, readers will learn all about how their small choices can make a big difference—kids can change the world!
About: What Does it Mean to Be Green? is a children’s nonfiction written by Rana DiOrio and illustrated by Addy Rivera Sonda. It was published on 8/3/2021 by Little Pickle Press, an imprint of Sourcebooks, hardcover, 40 pages. The genres are picture book, nature, and nonfiction. This book was intended for readers ages 4 to 8, grades P to 3. According to the publisher’s website, “Sourcebooks’ mission is to reach as many people as possible through books that will enlighten their lives. We are a company bound together by the idea that Books. Change. Lives. For us, it means a passion for books and a dedication to the belief that books change lives. It means innovative publishing, where every book is personal and every author’s voice has a place. And it means not being afraid to say “I don’t know” and forging a new path when we have to. We are a group of passionate, energetic and enthusiastic book lovers, and we are committed to helping readers experience each book.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading What Does it Mean to Be Green? for my toddler as a story time on 11/18/2021 and finished it that same day. We read it again on 11/26/2021 as a bedtime story but we have looked through the illustrations many times in between. A wonderful book for kids about taking actions to reduce the planet of plastic and trash. I loved the everyday practical examples that all ages can do. I loved the humor at the start of the book. Definitely caught young readers’ attention. The illustrations were fun to look at with many smiling characters to show that being green is a good thing and it made everyone happy. I loved the examples of different locations and situations where kids can be green such as eating ice cream using a cone instead of cup and plastic spoon. This book showed that even kids walking in crutches and riding the wheelchair were still able to take part in being green. So truly, taking actions to take care of the planet is something everyone can do.
This book starts young readers with a question, what does it mean to be green? And there are a few answers that will get them to laugh out loud. No, not feeling nauseous in the car or dressing up in green costumes for Halloween. Then the story goes on to give readers many examples of how they can be green: turn off the lights when they leave the room, eat foods from local farmers, walk or ride a bike instead of drive a car, eat ice cream using an ice cream cone instead of cup and plastic spoon, etc. At the end of the book, there are words of encouragement for everyone to start being green, even kids. There’s another page on what readers can do to start being green and the simple example was by following the 5 Rs of zero-waste living: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot.
What Does it Mean to Be Green? was well written and illustrated. There were many activities kids did in this story that readers can feel motivated to do. Shopping at farmer’s market is always fun and I took my kids there every summer. I loved the encouragement for kids to take part in growing their own vegetables garden at home. My toddler loved to eat grape tomatoes right as she picked from the bushes. There were illustrations of multiple cows, butterflies, chicken, chicks, pumpkins which gave counting opportunities for young readers. My toddler especially loved pointing out the different color shoes the characters wore. Her new vocabularies from this book were helmet, pond, shovel, wheelchair, and many more! I highly recommend everyone to read this book!
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Rana DiOrio is an intrepid force for empowerment and positive change. Her purpose is to help people maximize their potential, and she continues to expound and expand upon that mission across her diverse and highly successful career.
As a corporate and securities attorney, tech-sector investment banker, investor, and advisory board member, Rana has catalyzed the financial, operational, and cultural growth of organizations for almost three decades. As an award-winning author and children’s media entrepreneur, she has sparked meaningful conversations between children and their caring adults and is focused on fostering kindness in the next generation by helping creatives who make this possible realize the full potential of their work through her company, Creative Mint, Inc. She lives in San Francisco, CA with her three children. Follow Rana on Twitter @ranadiorio and on Instagram @ranedear (Photo and info obtained from Sourcebooks’ website. Book pictures obtained from Edelweiss).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Sourcebooks Kids for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.