Write a Review Wednesday: EcoMazes. 12 Earth Adventures

Welcome to another Write a Review Wednesday, a meme started by Tara Lazar as a way to show support to authors of kids literature. Last week we reviewed reviewed Key Porter BooksThe Mischievous Mom at the Art Gallery by Erica Ehm and Rebecca Eckler. This week we’re reviewing Sterling Publishing‘s EcoMazes. 12 Earth Adventures (age 7+ ) by Roxie Munro, a fitting read with Earth Day’s arrival later this month. I have to thank Derry at Sterling Publishing for my review copy.

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Earth Day is April 22, a perfect time to talk about the Earth and the environment around us. In EcoMazes: 12 Earth Activities, Roxie gives children a chance to explore the different ecosystems on our planet, in the form of 12 interactive mazes. Kids are asked to help divers swim through the coral reef to get to the beach or help a beaver find his way through the Coniferous forest to his dam. Kids trace a path with the finger through the detailed illustrated mazes.

Beyond the mazes themselves, kids are asked to locate a variety of animals in each ecosystem. At the end of the book you’ll find answers to the maze and animal locations, in case you get stuck, as well as a little more information on each ecosystem.

Although the book is listed for kids 7+, all 3 of mine loved this book (age 3,5,7). Each one choose an ecomaze to solve and they all took turns finding the animals. It was great working as a team since not one person could find all the animals on their own; I even discovered some animals unfamiliar to myself.

Along with the research she did at home, Roxie Munro also had the opportunity to visit each of the ecosystems she included in her book. You can read more about her experience with her travel writer husband as well as see some fantastic photos.

You can add a copy of EcoMazes:12 Earth Adventures to your personal collection by visiting your independent book seller or Amazon.ca. Or you can ENTER TO WIN your own copy of EcoMazes by leaving a comment below. Contest is open to both Canadian and US residents but leave your comment before April 14, 2010. After that date I will randomly choose a winners name.

If you’re looking for other great books for kids, take a read through the past Write a Review Wednesday posts.

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8 responses to this post.

  1. – April 22, 2010 marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the earth’s environment. Meet Me At The Corner (MeetMeAtTheCorner.org), a kids’ virtual field trip Web site, is celebrating with a pod cast about hiking and bird watching in Colorado Springs’ Aiken Canyon Preserve. The episode also includes a variety of activities and interviews intended to promote environmental interest among kids all year long. MeetMeAtTheCorner.org combines the content that educators and parents trust with the delivery method that today’s kids embrace.

    Led by ten year-old reporter Benjy, the on-line video “field trip” introduces children to the 100+ species that inhabit the preserve, its unique ecosystem, and the history of ornithologist Charles Aiken. Rounding out the episode is an interview with Phil Kendal, the past chairman of the Nature Conservancy in Colorado, who shares how kids can get involved in hiking.

    To help localize the content, MeetMeAtTheCorner.org’s “Learning Corner” provides parents and teachers a variety of episode-specific resources, activities and guided questions that meet national- and state-based educational standards.

    Meet Me At The Corner also suggests the following five ways kids can actively participate in Earth Day…on April 22 and all year long:

    1. Use less water. Take showers instead of baths and turn off the tap when brushing your teeth.
    2. No-pollute commute. Walk or bike to school to reduce air pollution and save on fuel costs.
    3. Save electricity. Turn off all lights and appliances when not in use.
    4. Reduce, reuse, recycle. Buy/eat fresh snacks that use less packaging. Take a reusable bag on shopping trips.
    5. E-Cycle. Keep old computers and electronics out of the landfill by taking them to a recycling center.

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  2. That looks like a super cute book!

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  3. Sounds like a wonderful book that I’d love to read with my kiddos!

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  4. Posted by Amy B. on April 9, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    I’d love to win a copy of this book for my son.

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Amy B.
    adennispac@yahoo.com

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  5. Posted by Tracy Heyer on April 10, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    i would love to win a copy of this book. Thanks for the chance.

    SWEETANGL5632@AOL.COM

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  6. Souns like fun! I’d love to read it with Charlotte =)

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  7. […] to show support to authors of kids literature. Last week we reviewed Sterling Publishing’s EcoMazes. 12 Earth Adventures (age 7+ ) by Roxie Munro. Still in an Earth Day mindset we’re reviewing The Magic School Bus […]

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  8. Posted by phxbne on April 14, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    my daughter would love this!

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