The Kids' Catalog of Animals and the Earth

The Kids' Catalog of Animals and the Earth

by Chaya M. Burstein
     
 

Imagine that two young friends are able to converse with our planet—a cartoon figure called “Mr/Ms Earth,” who is full of gripes about the ways humans are treating the natural environment. This big ball of energy overflows with opinions and knowledge, not to mention a great sense of humor and a taste for quality ice cream.

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Overview

Imagine that two young friends are able to converse with our planet—a cartoon figure called “Mr/Ms Earth,” who is full of gripes about the ways humans are treating the natural environment. This big ball of energy overflows with opinions and knowledge, not to mention a great sense of humor and a taste for quality ice cream.

Burstein fills this new addition to the highly successful JPS Kids’ Catalog series with a perfect blend of environmental education, Jewish traditions, how-to’s about caring for animals and plants, crafts projects, and ways children can help fix the world. There are “Eco-Activities”—growing an avocado tree, making a winter birdfeeder, designing tee shirts with eco-slogans, and more.

With fast-paced variety, the book includes inspiring stories about modern “Eco-Heroes,” such as Jane Goodall, Chico Mendes, and Yossi Leshem, along with earth-related Bible stories and folktales.

 Whimsical illustrations, clever cartoons, and fascinating facts will help children connect what Jewish law says about animals to taking care of their own pets.

All of today’s big environmental topics are covered, too: pollution, global warming, water shortages, and bio-diversity. Each is accompanied by thoughtful, realistic tips on what children can do as individuals, with their families, and in school to address these problems.

Editorial Reviews

Awareness Magazine
"The engaging text and fanciful cartoons are balanced by realistic illustrations and actual photographs . . . . Recommended for children and young teens."—Awareness Magazine
Jewish Book World
"Like the other books in the JPS Kids Catalog series, this is a useful and fact-filled compendium, written in the author's sprightly style . . . This important addition to library collections of all kinds is for ages 9-14."—Jewish Book World
Children's Literature
The colorful and dynamic illustrations on the front and back of The Kid's Catalog of Animals and the Earth caught my attention—then I was disappointed with all the black-and-white pictures on the inside. Through the use of biblical verse and stories, cartoon characters, and scientific facts, The Kid's Catalog of Animals and the Earth retold how the earth began and what we need to do to keep it healthy and productive. The information inside this book contains cool facts for all facets of lifestyles, despite being slanted by the Jewish voice. Graphs and simple science experiments pull in the more reluctant reader with the hands-on approach to learning. The "Did You Know Questions" located in the margins of the pages with the strange looking scientist condensed complicated facts into a simpler approach that gave the reader information to go. Chaya Burnstein created a fascinating book that drew in old world with new world and shows young readers what they can do to stop the destruction of our planet. In the back, she incorporated a mini-encyclopedia that explained terms, places, and people that may not be common knowledge to her target age. The organization of the contents sections allows the reader to go immediately to what interests them, allowing this book to be used for both research and pleasure. 2006, The Jewish Publication Society, Ages 10 up.
—Julia Beiker

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780827607859
Publisher:
Jewish Publication Society
Publication date:
12/01/2005
Series:
The JPS Kids' Catalog Series
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
8 Years

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