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Summary: Santa, dressed in a green suit, shows us how to give back to the Earth and have fun while doing it. The inexpensive paperback comes with reusable stickers and twelve suggestions for how to have a green Christmas. For example, take reusable bags with you when you go shopping and e-mail Christmas cards. This is a picture book that blends the themes of Christmas and conservation.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, independent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 10
Interest Level: 4 to 8
Age of Child: Read with a 4-year-old boy.
Young Reader Reaction: My neighbor read this to her son and, although he liked the illustrations, the "green" idea was a little beyond him.
Adult Reader Reaction: I like the idea of the book but I suggest it be used with older children who fully understand the idea of green living and can really follow some of the good suggestions the author makes.
Pros: This book is filled with lots of excellent tips and ideas on ways to celebrate a green Christmas.
Cons: The author can be a little heavy handed. When Santa say things like "For the love of the Earth, we'll do what we should! Reducing! Reusing! Recycling for good!" it is just a bit much!
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a book I'd rather get at the library than purchase. This would be an excellent, pre-holiday gift to give your child's teacher or the school library.
Educational Themes: The book blends ideas about ways to live a more eco-friendly life with the celebration of Christmas. It has practical ideas, and you can kids connect with the themes by talking about your own traditions and then brainstorming about more environmentally conscious choices.
Notes: Bob Walch, Monterey, California, sent us this review. Bob's reviews appear in the Salinas Californian, Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, Aptos Times, Ride/Western Times and Coast Views Magazine. His online are at MyShelf, Roundtable Reviews, Parent Click, Midwest Book Review, and I Love a Mystery.