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Go Green with Me Review by Brandi Tesreau

By Rebecca Mattano and Kristen Collier
The Little Environmentalists
W305 N5311 Gail Lane
Hartland, WI 53029

Awarded 2009 Book of the Year by Creative Child magazine, Go Green with Me is a unique children's book that offers many eco-friendly, energy-saving tips for the entire family. Everyone, no matter how big or small, can play a part to help protect our beautiful planet! 

Through colorful illustrations and simple, rhyming text, the book invites kids to join EnviroGirl as she learns how to take better care of her environment. Turning off lights and water faucets, recycling, growing a garden, buying organic, and using cloth bags versus paper or plastic are just some of the ways kids and families are encouraged to "go green." 

Did You Know? sections are featured throughout the pages of the book. These facts were a bit more than my 4-year-old cared to know, but older children would be able to understand and appreciate the extra information. Earth Notes, a section at the end of the book, gives detailed steps individuals, families, or classrooms can take to conserve the earth's natural resources.

I think it is important that the company, The Little Environmentalists, practices what they preach too! Go Green with Me is printed on 100% recycled paper with 100% post-consumer waste that is processed without the use of chlorine. Inks used are also safe for the environment.

I love the fact that learning about the environment doesn't stop with this book! The company's website,, presents an array of opportunities for further research. After perusing the website, I've become quite interested in the Energy Kids Page link under Environmental Approach. There's endless information regarding using and saving energy, including a link for lesson plans! I am sure kids will be more interested in the games and activities link, though. I can't wait until my children are finished with their current science textbook so we can delve deeply into the wonderful world of energy and conservation!

I recommend this book to jumpstart your family's desire to "go green." For just $7.95, you get so much more than a book. You and your family will gain valuable knowledge and will learn necessary skills to become responsible stewards of our precious environment.

Product review by Brandi Tesreau, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, March 2010