Tuesday, March 24, 2009

A Wonderful Way to Celebrate Earth Day!

I could devour books and never be satiated. Even though they are not made of chocolate or covered in marshmallows and caramel, they are fodder for my soul, escape from my reality, Red Bull for my brain. Books feed me in ways that sugar never can. And you know how much I love me some sugar.

Ever since I discovered Barefoot Books I have coveted most everything in the catalog. Lucky for me my dad has showered the boys with amazing titles from the collection. You can read more about my love affair with these marvelous books here. The latest book I have been reading to Bird and Deal is called The Barefoot Book of Earth Tales. The book is chock full of stories, snippets about the countries from which the stories hail, eco tips, and activities to accompany each tale. A story, geography lesson, and craft project or recipe in each chapter! You know that is totally my cup of tea.

The book takes us a fantastic trip around the world with a focus on different cultures' perspective on how to achieve harmony with the earth. We have read folk tales from Australia, India, Wales, Nigeria, Kazakhstan, and Bali. Bird is so keen on this trip around the globe because he attends an international studies school, where everything in the curriculum centers on global insights. He and Deal cannot wait to get their passports stamped with the seals of the many countries we read about (however, it is highly unlikely that they'll be heading to Kazakhstan or Nigeria...Wales and Australia are shoe-ins...one day).

So here's the scoop. You too can get your hands on this book just in time for Earth Day on April 22! What's even better is that Barefoot Books has partnered with Eco-Libris to plant a tree for each copy of Earth Tales sold. Is there a better way to help the planet and a young mind at the same time? And I assure you, you will learn a thing or two and have a rejuvenated awe for our planet along the way. Here's the link to order this fine anthology of earth tales.

You might think reading Dirt & Noise gets you nothing, but I'm here to squash that right this minute. You can get 10% off your online purchase through April 30, 2009 when you simply enter the code SCETALES at check out. Now don't say I never gave you anything (weekly hangover excluded).

And fret not, my friends. I also have one book to give away to a lucky reader on April 10!

Here are the deets:
Leave me a comment answering the following questions. You get an extra entry for tweeting this giveaway and yet another one for posting about it. Just leave me a link to the tweet and the post.

Go here and tell me what Barefoot Book(s) you would like to add to your book shelf.

2. What are you doing to conserve our resources?

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justme said...

i love barefoot books - i almost started selling them. they are beautiful

Anonymous said...

I love those books! When we lived in Providence I used to drive one hour to Cambridge just to buy books and walk around their wonderful store! I will have to check this book out.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I have seen these and they are wonderful books--my sons would love the one about pirates.
We might put up some linky love to them on Eco Women during Earth Week!

Anonymous said...

I love Barefoot books! Dean got the baby books (with a cute stuffed bunny!) from his aunt when he was born. I think I'd like to get the Whole Wide World set next. I love the little bags the gift sets come in. :)

Susan Bearman said...

My boys love the Knights and Pirates books. My most recent recycling project is cutting old blue jeans into strips and making a braided rug for my son's room.

@sweetbabboo said...

Wow! I hadn't heard of these before but will tag is for future purchases. I think Linus would enjoy How Loud is a Lion or Magic Train Ride.


Anonymous said...

I love the look of "Animal Boogie"!

We try to reduce, reuse, recycle as much as possible!

Anonymous said...

We love Mama Panya's Pancakes from Barefoot Books. Isabella, now 5, has been recycling since she was just a toddler. Now she always ask which can is appropriate for whatever she's tossing.

We also use insulated thermos for all out outdoor drink needs and always cloth napkins at home. It's the little things, right?

Anonymous said...

I would love the Hidden Hippos book for my daughter, Red, who is obsessed with giraffes (they're on the cover), plus I love that it supports Books for Africa. Great cause! And what we're doing to conserve resources is I've become a crazy-person about turning off lights when we're not in the room, and we're eating locally grown produce from a CSA farm.

CanCan (MomMostTraveled) said...

My boys love lift-the-flap books; I would love for them to have Walk with Me! and Talk with Me!.

To conserve the earth's resources, we are downsizing into a smaller home (rented). I am also going to plant a small garden there.
We use cloth diapers and wipes.

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Carol M said...

Talk with Me! - Board Book looks good. I know my little grandson would love it. Thank you for the chance to win!
Carol M
mittens0831 AT aol.com

bonggamom said...

"Forest of Stories" sounds great -- it's multicultural and green! THanks for the great giveaway.

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Unknown said...

I like Animal Tales. I use green cleaners, recycle, drive a fuel efficient car, buy organic produce, etc.