There's a Barnyard in My Bedroom

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This fun and engaging story makes an engrossing — but not overwhelming — introduction to environmental issues for young readers. With the help of their parents and their own imaginations, Jamie and Megan discover that natural magic is all around them, even in their own home. Sheets and pillows, fruits and furniture — they all come from nature. What’s more, the air isn’t just empty space — it’s full of smells, sounds, water, and life-giving gases. And their backyard contains clues to both past and future: rocks ...

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Overview

This fun and engaging story makes an engrossing — but not overwhelming — introduction to environmental issues for young readers. With the help of their parents and their own imaginations, Jamie and Megan discover that natural magic is all around them, even in their own home. Sheets and pillows, fruits and furniture — they all come from nature. What’s more, the air isn’t just empty space — it’s full of smells, sounds, water, and life-giving gases. And their backyard contains clues to both past and future: rocks from millions of years ago, a nail from pioneer times, and seeds that will grow into food for the summer. Beautiful full-color illustrations bring each adventure to vibrant life, with a forest growing in the living room and a stream appearing in the back garden. Each chapter ends with a page of related activities, and a glossary is included at the back.

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Children's Literature - Marcie Flinchum Atkins
Jamie and Megan's story is divided up into three separate stories in this picture book. In the first story, it is too rainy to go for a hike. Their father insists they can take a hike in the house. The two children discover what natural resources are in their own home. For example, their floors and chairs are made from wood, their refrigerator is full of animal and plant products from farms, and the trees were used to create their books and magazines. In the second story, the children go swimming and discover lots of facts about air, including how sound travels through air, where our air comes from, and why there is no air in space. In the third story, the family is planting a garden and begin a discussion about history. They imagine what their backyard was like in the past including what kinds of rocks, glaciers, and volcanoes might have been there. The book is full of information told through a story; however the story feels like a pretense to get the information out quickly. While this might seem realistic if one's mom or dad were a scientist, this much information would not be a typical family discussion during fun family activities. Teachers who are looking for information about air and natural resources might find this book helpful. Reviewer: Marcie Flinchum Atkins
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781553655329
  • Publisher: Greystone Books
  • Publication date: 7/29/2010
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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