by Penelope Ann Kysiak
Though designed to entertain, Be Cool, Follow Earth’s Rule teaches even the youngest reader the importance of respecting the planet. The tale follows a little girl and her environmentally conscious family as she learns how to take better care of our earth.
Curious about the plants in their garden, the girl discovers the use for garlic flowers and why her family plants their own potatoes. She also becomes aware of the need to conserve water and energy.
Using charming rhymes to convey an important message, Penelope Ann Kysiak teaches us it’s never too early to learn how to “be green.”
About the Author Living abroad for twenty-one years and traveling extensively made Penelope very environmentally aware of the world around her and inspired her to pass that appreciation on to children with this book. She currently resides in Texas, where she teaches high school Spanish. She is married to Joseph, and they have two children, Tyler and Carolina. Penelope is involved with the PTA, and her other interests include cross-country running, swimming, gardening, and knitting.
My Thoughts: Be Cool, Follow Earths Rule by Penelope Ann Kysiak is a little gem of a book that I can imagine delighting any child. The illustrations, looking exactly like the drawings my granddaughters used to color for me, are beautiful in their child-like simplicity, making it easy for a child to relate and learn from them.
Parents will love the uncomplicated environmental lessons taught through a fun narrative. Why we feel drawn to living things and why we so enjoy watching things grow in our gardens, whether they be vegetable or flower gardens. Why conservation of earth’s resources is a vital part of a child’s responsibility, and how they can apply that knowledge. Don’t be fooled by the limited numbers of pages, they carry a big environmental punch.
"The message I say is not meant to be mean. This world is here for us to share, and sometimes people make it unfair."