Earth Day – 2008
Earth Day is a day designed to bring awareness to our world and it’s environment, and to highlight ways in which we can work together to make it a better place. The first Earth Day was back in 1970. The original organizers set up a network (EDN) where people from all over can collaborate to promote environmental protection all year long. According to EDN …Earth Day is the only event celebrated simultaneously around the globe by people of all backgrounds, faiths and nationalities…
Kaboose, a great parenting website, has some really neat ways to celebrate, participate, and talk to your kids about Earth Day. They have a fun list of earth conscience books that are categorized into different age groups. Click this link to take a look at their reading suggetsions http://holidays.kaboose.com/earthday-learn.html.
Chimpanzees of Happy Town
by Giles Andreae(Author), Guy Parker-Rees(Illustrator)
Reading level: Ages 2-8
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Orchard Books; 1 edition (October 1, 2006)
This book was chosen for it’s simple message. The gray town of Drabsville has …no parks to play in, and no trees at all. The chimpanzees who live there all felt very sad and small …
A traveling chimp named Chutney comes home from far away, bringing with him a seed – he plants it, waters it and watches it grow. … It gave him strength. It gave him hope. It made him happy too … The whole of Drabsville is inspired by the beautiful tree with it’s many branches, leaves, and brightly colored flowers. The chimps decide to change their ways – they even go as far as to rename their town Happytown! One monkey who dared to do something by himself made a difference. All of this in a vibrantly illustrated, rhyming, fantastic read-aloud story!