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“A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.”
Summary: This is an environmental trilogy in one volume. In the first story, Mother Nature enlists the help of Bees, Beavers, and Worms to work together to flower the fields. In the second story, Mother Nature seeks help from these same friends to help humans become more responsible for nature and habitat. The final story takes the reader to Mars in 2908, where the process of developing an environment very similar to earth has been developed. This is an environmentally-conscious fantasy.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, independent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 7 to 11; read yourself: 9 to 12
Educational Themes: The stories demonstrate the importance of balance in nature. When conditions fall out of balance, environment and habitat change; species are endangered; and sometimes irreparable harm is done. Although fiction, the material offers opportunities for real-life discussions and research.