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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; Original edition (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740777467
  • ASIN: B003F76HOS
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #833,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sophie and her father John call Mother Earth home. More specifically, they live with their family in Southern Oregon. John is an author, and a long-time environmental activist.

Customer Reviews

There are lots of good ideas in this book.
Daniel Mall
The book is laid out very nicely and it's easy to read and find what you are looking for.
*rose*
This is a great book to teach kids simple ways to be more green.
Helen S. Lam

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Crumm on March 20, 2009
Format: Paperback
The EarthWorks Group has been expanding very successfully upon its idea of equipping ordinary folks with ideas to help out our planet. For spring, there's a brand-new edition of "The NEW 50 Simple Things Kinds Can Do to Save the Earth."

I was intrigued by a note from John Javna, founder of the EarthWorks Group, that he involved his daughter Sophie in this new edition. Javna points out that Sophie wasn't even born when the first edition of his "Simple Things Kids Can Do" was published.

So, this is a family-written book that's a great resource for real families. For spring and summer, I actually suggest that you think of buying this book along with the new The 10 Best of Everything Families: An Ultimate Guide for Travelers (National Geographic the Ten Best of Everything) that includes a lot of nature-friendly travel ideas. The travel guide will lure you out on the road at some point this year. The EarthWorks book is all about projects you can tackle together around your home and neighborhood.

Both of these books are Web-friendly and the publishers understand that all of us want to "read more online" these days. Hundreds of Web sites are sprinkled through both books. Think of this 208-page "Kids Can Do" book as a guide to re-exploring the natural world starting in your own backyard -- with a little help from your home computer.

I'm eager, once the frost warnings pass in Michigan, to try building a "Toad House" as described in the book -- with more ideas provided from Web sites. I also want to try the cool rubber-band-and-wire "Smog Detector" shown in the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Texas Rose VINE VOICE on July 1, 2009
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This is one of those books that everyone with children needs - or every teacher needs. The line drawings are great, some of the material is written directly to young people, and some was written by a young person, Sophie Javna (age 15).

The book is broken into units on recycling, water, animals, energy, and personal and social action. Also there are easy and inexpensive experiments in the back of the book as well as quizzes for follow up learning.

Finally, there are multiple references to the Internet for more information, as well as a website connected to the book for further activities and information.

The book itself can be easily read by upper elementary age children and up, and the activities can easily be completed by even younger children with supervision.

This book could provide a great set of summer activities, or for anytime during the year. It can be used by teachers - and not just science teachers - for multiple activities and resources for education about our world.

I highly recommend this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Priscilla Johnson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 5, 2009
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I am one of those people that definitely feel we can help Mother Earth and share with all of creation the wonders of our world, although at times it is difficult to know where to start, or what to do. Inside the pages of this wonderful, people friendly book, you will find exciting and fun projects to do alone, or with others, that will definitely make a difference in our world. It is packed full of information, explanations, and solutions that we all need to know.

The book begins by explaining what is happening to our earth concerning many topics such as: Water Pollution, Air Pollution, Climate Change and Disappearing Animals. This is an eye-opening section. The author talks abut our energy, our resources, our lakes, oceans and streams and how each of us can make wise choices that will make such a difference for us and our earth in preserving and protecting these resources.

I shared this book with my family and my grandchildren and we particularly liked the section: In Your Own Backyard. Here you will discover how to make a habitat for animals or birds that are right in your neighborhood. We are busy now with a project for Humming Birds and Butterflies. We found tons of information inside the book to help us on our way, and websites that we can go on for even more information.

This is definitely an interaction book that will draw the reader and all those they might share it with into the swing of helping our earth. It doesn't just tell us how bad things are but gives page after page of tips on how you and I can make a difference. There are interesting facts, tons of websites to go on and explore some more on the topic of interest to you, and get even more tips on the project you are starting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M Masaki on May 2, 2009
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Children are already so sensitive to the needs of our planet and willing to be helpful (most kids anyway). They just need a little guidance and a challenge to do so. I like this book because it is full of different things that can add up to a lot of change. It lists items that can be recycled along with the whys and hows that this is possible or not. There are a lot of interesting facts within the pages of this book. I find it to be well written and inspiring without to much hype as I have found in some "save the planet" books. Children over the age of 10 or with advanced reading skills will be able to read the book on their own. Younger children will need a little guidance. I am going to implement some of the ideas into my children's daily and weekly chores and let them be proud of the work that they are doing. We already recycle paper, plastic and aluminum and now we are going to consider product packaging and life cycles as well. We are also going to think twice before grabbing a paper towel and use a kitchen towel more. I have been inspired by the book to work on our backyard landscaping to have a neatly integrated clothes line to dry towels on. There are lots of things that we don't think about in our modern busy lives that have a real impact on the environment and how a little change can make a big difference. I would encourage everyone to read this book.
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