Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Book Review: Neighborwood: Earth Literacy for Kids (Pen Pals Bk 1) by April Manning

Neighborwood: Earth Literacy for Kids (Pen Pals Book 1)
By April Manning
Publisher: Beau Coup Publishing LLC 
Published: July 21, 2014

Amazon Synopsis:

Join Lamb and her animal friends as they explore the world around them, make friends with their pen pals, and learn more about Earth and its habitats.

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 My Thoughts:

Neighborwood was a beautifully written, informative book about different habitats in our environment. A variety of different words were defined, and these important words were highlighted by underlining them. This was a book that would work very well in a classroom as part of a science lesson. There is also information on how to connect with penpals at the back of the book if children wish to do so as the animals in the book are doing in their class.

I really liked the way the author explained the terms she used such as habitat, community and niche. This book was most informative and it was easy to read the book to gather the information as well as to enjoy the story. Having the animals as students learning along with the reader was rather fun.

The one thing I didn’t really like were the pictures. While they were appealing in that they were child-like as they were hand-drawn, some of them appeared rather faded. I would have preferred a little more punch in the colour of the pencil coloured drawings.

There was also one page that was either missing some words or one page missing as the last sentence on the page ends “They also help stop flooding by taking up the extra water by”. The words on the next page begin in another colour and begin with a new sentence.

Overall I thought the book was well done. The information was excellent and I think the book would appeal to children. I gave this book 4 stars out of 5.

Thank you to the author for providing a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

I love to learn and have earned two AAS in quality science, a BS in biology with a minor in chemistry, an MA in earth literacy. The earth literacy program is interdisciplinary learning that fosters the capacity to understand the natural world in order to ensure sustainability of the planet as a habitat for life. I am a firm believer in the importance of diversity and want to teach this importance to the next generation. On a personal note, I am happily married to a wonderful man (Shawn Doan), and we enjoy living in Indiana raising our four-legged children together.

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