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 Books‘ The 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.
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.