Author: Susan Hayes and Penny Arlon
Reviewed by Chloe Fuksa, Putnam Six Bookstore
The Extraordinary Book That Eats Itself is a truly unique children’s book, intended for ages seven and up. Through 30 different projects, this book aims to introduce youngsters to simple ways they can help our planet. What makes this book so unusual though is that it is meant to be disassembled. The projects use the pages themselves – and even the cover and spine are reusable or recyclable too.
The activities range from building a worm bin and bug hotel, to planting an apple tree and wildflower seeds. For the worm bin, for instance, the page teaches how to make it, explains the how and why, and then the page itself becomes a wrap for the outside of the bin to keep the inside dark and cool. For the seeds, that page teaches about the relationship between wildflowers and butterflies, and then the page can be folded into a seed collection pouch. Not to mention, an origami bird that reminds children to put out bird seed and a raindrop mobile that reminds them to conserve water.
This activity book is colorful and cheery and just wonderful fun. It allows children to learn about science and nature in a very simple, accessible way and then immediately jump into action with that knowledge. It teaches them that they – however small and young they are – can still make a difference.
Call (580) 297-5089 to get your copy of The Extraordinary Book That Eats Itself today!