Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Celebrate Earth!

"Yet everything that touches us, me and you,
takes us together like a violin's bow,
which draws one voice out of two seperate strings.
Upon what instrument are we two spanned?
And what musician holds us in his hand?
Oh sweetest song." -Rainer Maria Rilke

In honor of the upcoming Earth Day festival next Tuesday April 22nd, we are enjoying these wonderful books that celebrate our planet, nature, the environment and diversity:

EcoArt: Earth-Friendly Art & Craft Experiences for 3-9 year olds by Laurie Carlson. Lots of projects for the wees including how to make your own non-toxic art supplies.

The Nights of the World invites readers to pull the shutters and explore how children in other parts of the world spend their days and nights. A lovely bedtime book!

Tales of the Shimmering Sky and Tales Alive! are collections of multicultural folk tales and activities from around the world.

Such a wonderful way to explore and celebrate the many cultures sharing our planet.

Kids Care! -75 ways to make a difference for people, animals & the environment by Rebecca Olien

Some great ideas for compassionate kids.

Hands Around the World: 365 Ways to Build Cultural Awareness & Global Respect by Susan Milord

Explore and celebrate the rich diversity of our great planet!

The Kids Multicultural Cookbook will give your kids an opportunity to make and taste foods from around the world. Can you say Apfelpfannekulchen?

Kids Around the World Celebrate is a lovely book! Now your family can explore the best feasts and festivals from all over the world.

Kids Around the World Cook ...and enjoy the many flavors of our great planet.
I know I'm not the only one who thinks that a mango lassi is the most insanely delicious drink in the world!

Kids Around the World Play is an enchanting trip around the world through play. Kids can learn to play Jackstones (from Kenya) or Ishikeri (from Japan). I always wanted to learn how to construct a galimoto for Satch (from Malawi) and now I can.

Kids Around the World Create explores diversity through global crafting. Make a Tibetan prayer flag, Greek worry beads or a Chinese bamboo stick book.

Solomon's Tree by Andrea Spalding and is a beautiful story of a young Native American boy who loses his favorite tree in a storm. His uncle helped him carve a mask from the wood to honor the spirit of the tree. The story gave me goosebumps!

And one of Satchel's faves..."Earthdance", a glorious poem by Joanne Ryder

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Blogger denise said...

Wonderful suggestions. We too are working our way to Earth Day with crafts, books, and walks. Now we have a few more books to add to our pile! :)

8:57 AM  

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