Wednesday, April 21, 2021

"What Does It Mean to be Green?" - a bookwrap



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What Does It Mean To Be Green?

Authored by Rana DiOrio

Illustrated by Addy Rivera Sonda


* Ages:  4-8

* Grade Level:  PS-3

Publisher:  Little Pickle Press; 2 edition

* Pub. Date:  August 3, 2021

* Length: 40 pages

* Language:  English

Accolades and Praise

What Does It Mean to Be Green? is a Mom's Choice Gold Award Winner for Children's Picture Book and was awarded The Santa Monica Public Library's Green Prize for Sustainable Literature, School-Age Nonfiction. The enhanced e-book edition also won the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Gold Award.

A great book! Great for kids, great for families, and great for this planet we call home. It empowers kids and lets them know that they are part of a greater movement toward love of ourselves, each other, and the planet." -Lisa Renstrom, Past President, Sierra Club"

Unwrapping Some Illustrations for You

The Book

This is a wonderful book for both young and old.  The author begins by telling kids what "green" is not.  Is it not being good to plants?  No. Does it mean feeling sick in the car?  No. Does it mean looking like a frog? a pickle? an alien?  No way!  Then what is it?  

It means being a caring and responsible citizen of our planet and doing a variety of things to help our world sustain itself. Kids can be mindful to use power in their home only when it's needed, eat locally grown food, pick up trash and put it in the garbage, compost scraps of food to fertilize their garden and draw on both sides of their paper instead of one, just to cite a few. 

This educational and empowering book shares many ways that we can be guardians of our Earth and keep her in tip top shape.  It's up to everyone to do what they can to make this happen.  The illustrations are wonderfully done and very kid-friendly.  The author includes tips at the end of the book:  

"What You Can Do" - Refuse: Say no to what you don't need.  Reduce: Use less.  Donate or sell what you no longer need.  Reuse:  Switch disposable items for reusable alternatives. Find new ways to use your old things. Recycle:  Sort your waste correctly and minimize what you send to the landfill. Rot:  Compost your household waste or participate in a composting program for organic waste. 

This book is a delightful introduction to the important concepts and practices of "being green" and I highly recommend it.

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 


Meet the Author

Rana DiOrio is an intrepid force for empowerment and positive change. Her purpose is to help people maximize their potential, and she continues to expound and expand upon that mission across her diverse and highly successful career.

As a corporate and securities attorney, tech-sector investment banker, investor, and advisory board member, Rana has catalyzed the financial, operational, and cultural growth of organizations for almost three decades. As an award-winning author and children's media entrepreneur, she has sparked meaningful conversations between children and their caring adults and is focused on fostering kindness in the next generation by helping creatives who make this possible realize the full potential of their work through her company, Creative Mint, Inc. She lives in San Francisco, CA with her three children. Follow Rana on Twitter @ranadiorio and on Instagram @ranedear.

About the Illustrator


Addy Rivera Sonda is a Mexican illustrator, who loves color and nature. When she is not drawing, she devotes a great part of her time to learning and exploring ways in which we could live kinder and more sustainable lives.

Her biggest inspiration for drawing is that she knows that stories and art can shape the way people understand themselves and perceive others, building empathy and ultimately a happier, more inclusive world.

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