If you’re looking for an Earth Day read, here’s one you might consider. Be Cool, Follow Earth’s Rule by Penelope Ann Kysiak is a little book with a big message.
In this rhyming tale, a young girl asks her father about the flowers that grow in their garden. She soon learns how helpful the garlic flower is and why her family plants their own vegetables. She soon discovers the importance of conserving water and energy and encourages the reader to do the same.
Going Green is a hot topic these days. It’s working its way into literature of all kinds more and more. In this short book, even the youngest reader is given this message in a simple way. I feel, however, that it loses its focus as it moves along.
The girl–who is not named–starts off in the garden where she learns about the flowers and vegetables, then moves into the house to take a shower where she is reminded to conserve water and energy. That part is easy to understand. After that, though, the message isn’t as clear as it was in the beginning. The girl prays to the Lord of skies for nature. Then says the world is meant for us to share and “sometimes people make it unfair”. What does that mean to a child? Yes, they know about sharing and fairness, but what does it mean to share the world and how do people make it unfair? Then the book goes on to encourage kids to be green and follow earth’s dream. Again, I’m not sure this message is easily understood by younger readers.
Children in some lower elementary grades should have no challenges with the message, but parents will need to use the book to spur discussions on what the author is getting at with younger kids.
The illustrations are beautiful and add a great deal to the lyrical prose. The happy candles versus the grumpy looking lightswitch and lightbulb is my favorite.
Be Cool, Follow Earth’s Rule is a neat book. Its length and rhymes make it a good read aloud book.
Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
- Publisher: Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc.
- ISBN: 978-1-4349-0250-4
- SRP: $17.00