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The Runaway Dandelion; Adventures In SustainAbility Paperback – May 12, 2017
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I read your lovely children's tale to myself last night before bed and want to commend you for a fine job done. The text is engaging and dynamic; the illustrations delightful. May all the dandelions flourish!
--Peter Bane, author of The Permaculture Handbook and editor of Permaculture Design Magazine
A delightful, beautifully illustrated fable about a resilient dandelion who finds a nurturing community where she can flourish. Elizabeth Marcus, Organizer Transition Newburyport MA, Northshore Permaculture Collaborative & winner "Strong By Nature" award 2017
The Runaway Dandelion takes us on a fun adventure toward sustainability! The lively illustrations and interesting and informative story reveal how easy and fun it can be to be green! This story will inspire children to learn more about ecology and our place in it! --Dr. Craig Mellow, Nobel Prize in Physiology 2006
The Runaway Dandelion is an engaging contemporary fable that will make children think about their world from a whole new perspective.Readers will empathize with the sad dandelion who has seen the landscape around it dramatically change and then cheer it on as it searches for a new home. This delightful tale of The Runaway Dandelion is sure to become a favorite for anyone that values sustainable living and a great classroom resource to use with the New Generation Science Standards. --Suzette DiTonno M.Ed, Ed.S 3rd Grade Teacher
Today, I'm honored to be in the virtual company of Jill Regensburg.
Jill is the author of the recently released children's book, The Runaway Dandelion; Adventures in SustainAbility (EarthWardProject), illustrated by Leticia Plate. A CertifiedPermaculture Designer, her focus is on creating sustainable, organicindoor and outdoor spaces for living and growing food. She has designed, and for many years lived on a homestead in Vermont such as described in the story. As a Natural Foods Personal Chef and Teacher, Jill ispassionate about preparing and eating organic, local, seasonal food andembracing an earth friendly lifestyle. As a mother and grandmother, shebelieves that inspiring young students to embrace ecologically soundpractices, is the key to saving Planet Earth. The author's practice ofPermaculture (permanent-culture) takes its cues from, and imitates,nature.
John B. Valeri, Book Reviewer, Columnist, Author
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Good Morning Jill,
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The Runaway Dandelion; Adventures in SustainAbility starts with the depredations brought to wildlife by excessive pesticide use, and ends with a joyful mutual cohabitation of human and nature. The story reads well, and is not at all preachy, even though the message is clear: only by caring for your environment can you really come to savor the sweetness of life as it should ideally be lived. The reader, which is in full color throughout, is illustrated with the cheerful and uplifting drawings of Leticia Plate, a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her portrayal of the facelessness of conventional suburbia, from which the eponymous dandelion flees, is particularly effective in contrast to her depiction of the exuberant faces of the family who have opted to live in an environmentally enhancing way, and in whose environs the dandelion ultimately finds herself at home, among friends.
The Runaway Dandelion; Adventures in SustainAbility should serve as the ideal classroom introduction to green living, with many of the key terms, such as mulching, solar panels and permaculture, being highlighted in the text, and glossed in an appendix. A clear description is also given of how to cook with dandelions, with their versatile nature enabling them to be added to a vast range of dishes, stretching from pasta to ice cream, as well as in such drinks as lemonade and iced tea. A helpful list is also provided of resources and links to useful websites, from which an educator can obtain additional information about living sustainably.
Jill Regensburg’s background, both as a Certified Permaculture (defined in the work as “a system of designing and creating indoor and outdoor spaces that mirror nature and are organic and sustainable”) Designer and as a Natural Foods Personal Chef and teacher, has positioned her perfectly to write a book of this nature. Her keen interest both in her natural environment and in the people who inhabit it has enabled her to convey her belief in the importance of developing and maintaining a sound relationship with Mother Earth, who requires nurturing and who sometimes receives only neglect, in a moving and joyful way that both parent and child should enjoy.
The artwork by Leticia Plate is lovely. The colors and style are perfect for this story. The book has important terms appearing in green instead of in black, which are listed in a glossary at the end along with definitions. There is also a list of resources and useful links in the final pages. The Runaway Dandelion will open up the minds of young people and get them asking questions.
I received a free copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.