Sunday, April 17, 2011

Book Review- Author Turns Green

By Marc Brown
Illustrated by Marc Brown
Published by Little Brown Kids
Released On April 5th, 2011
Kids- 5 & up
Source- book from publisher for review
4 stars

Celebrated author/illustrator Marc Brown revisits his beloved bestselling character in the first new Arthur picture book in almost ten years!

Arthur comes home from school and begins sneaking around the house, taking notes and talking about a Big Green Machine. D.W. is suspicious of her brother's weird behavior, but when Arthur shows up late for dinner with green hands, she really gets the creeps! But it turns house Arthur is making a poster listing all the ways to save energy at home—and go green!

Just in time for Earth Day, this heartwarming story will be printed on recycled paper with soy based ink (quoted from Goodreads).

Arthur's class is working on class project called the "Big Green Machine." Each student comes up with an idea on how they can make the earth greener and then they will present it at their school's family night. D.W. starts to get concerned for Arthur when he comes home from school with green fingers, and she notices him doing weird things around the house, like recycling, turning off the lights, adding plants to the rooms, unplugging items not in use etc. She things a big green machine is going to get him.

Once D.W. learns what Arthur has been working on, and why it's called the "Big Green Machine" her fears disappear, and she becomes excited when she sees all the ways she can help around the house to make it greener. Arthur Turns Green is a fabulous way to teach kids about the things they can do around their homes to be greener. This book is a great addition to any home or grade school class room.

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~ Anna Quindlen

Good children's literature appeals not only to
the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child.
~ Anonymous ~