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An Earth Child's Book of the Year Paperback – October 14, 2013
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Marian Louise Camden, Psy.D., is a lifelong lover of Faeryland as well as a licensed psychologist specializing in help for children and their families. She and her family live near Denver, Colorado, at Marigold Farm.
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What I liked and disliked about it:
I really liked the pictures in this book because they are cool and you have to look for stuff. I was born in the month of March. In the month of March, the birthstone is aquamarine and some of the colours that are mentioned are white, violet, early green, blue-green and pink. The trees for the month of March are the alder and the ash and the special flowers are the jonquil and daffodil. Some of the animals mentioned are lions, hares, and mice. I really liked learning about all the other months too. I liked reading about July, December, and October the best.
My bottom line:
I loved this book and I would recommend it to boys and girls who are 4 years and older because it is an easy and fun book to read.
What I liked and disliked about it:
I really enjoyed this beautiful little book. This is the perfect book to be shared within families. There is something for everyone in this delightful treasure. It's very simple, every month is included and every month is special. My kids enjoyed spying all the special elements in their month: animals, gems, colours, flowers, and trees. Ok, I admit it: I LOVED it too! I see my daughter forgot to include June in her list of faves (she included her Dad's and brother's months). I'm sure that was an oversight!
The prose and illustrations are absolutely beautiful. Each month has a dedicated two-page spread. The words are printed on an ancient scroll and the illustrations are jam-packed with various natural elements and young children (the Earth Children). Everything ties together so nicely with the overall theme of the book. In the forward to the book, there is a reference made to the Celtic culture, so of course I read the book in my best Irish accent, which apparently is no better than my Italian. Sigh...
Just as a note, because there are twelve months and each month is quite detailed, it would be difficult for a four-year old to maintain their interest (although maybe it would be ok for some). My son declined to do a full review, but I read it to him as well and he enjoyed it immensely. He says that he really enjoyed reading about his month (October). In fact, he declares that he loves it and gives it his official 5-Star stamp on it!
My bottom line:
We all REALLY enjoyed reading this book. It is interactive, beautifully illustrated and the prose is so sweet. I would highly recommend it to families with children aged 5 and up.
** An Earth Child's Book of the Year by Marian Louise Camden was provided to us free-of-charge by the author. **
It's actually more of a song book, or poetry, that travels through each month of the calendar year covering some of the major points of each specific month. There are no lists. It is not directly meant to be informational, but more of a fun Journey covering things the may have already learned through their elders.
It's still a nice book though, like I mentioned. I think it's worth having in the collection.
The Earth Child website is a kind of home-base for all of the books in the Earth Child series. There is a wealth of free information available that moves beyond the books and into the Earth Folk realm. Personally, I have pinned the site for future use during homeschooling.
The book is a simple, paperback piece with about 30 pages. It is the size of your average coloring book. The book was gifted to us by the author, herself. She graciously donated a copy for us to feature in our very first giveaway, so the entire process of pouring over this book has been exciting!
The Earth Children live in a tiny cottage in the woods, in the village of the Earth Folk. The central story flows from January's Ice Moon to December's Moon of Content, allowing us to follow the children as they draw, read, dream, play with puppies, and weave flowers together. While they celebrate the changing of the seasons, we also get to see what's happening in the Earth Folk village. Plants are blooming, animals are growing, apples are being plucked from the trees, and herbs are being sold.
Coinciding with the Earth Children's daily activities, we hear the story of "a brave young man" living amongst the Earth Folk. This boy is different from the other children as his actions play out the wheel of the year. The golden haired boy searches for his bride, helps to bring in the harvest, and is reborn in the winter.
What I Loved About This Book:
-The stand out feature of the book is the illustrations. The seek-and-find aspect will have children pouring over this book for hours. There are faces hidden in the trees and gems hidden in flames. We still haven't found everything. It's highly enjoyable.
- The pace and structure fits chapter readers and new readers alike. While there is an evolving story surrounding the God-character (the brave boy) that children with longer attention spans will enjoy, this book can be harnessed month-by-month for early readers as well.
- I thought that the inclusion of some American secular holidays was a nice touch. While some Pagans include Groundhog's Day into their Imbolc celebrations, not all do. Thanksgiving is also alluded to in November.
- Highly descriptive. Each sentence is packed with items of note for the corresponding season and month.
- The cycle of death and rebirth is not glossed over. Even in the Pagan community, we still shield children from death, even though it is a vital life cycle and a core part of our beliefs. This book involves the loss of the God and acknowledges the process of mourning.
What Could Have Been Better:
- The text is printed in a fancy wave pattern to match the illustrated scroll frames on each page. This is the same on the cover of the book. While it works wonderfully on the cover to create flow, I found myself having to mark the line I was reading with my finger to keep my place. What is a small inconvenience for an adult or teen could be a huge roadblock for a grade schooler or beginning reader.
Bottom line... we LOVED this book. It is a wealth of information on many levels and works well for all ages. Young children can study the pictures, older children can read the story, and adults can appreciate the work as a whole. This book will be used year round in our home and I encourage you to order one, too!
This review provided by: http://inthehouseofmamastacey.blogspot.com