About This Series
“Free e-book of the week” combines two of my favorite things – Books and Free 😉 This is my way of nudging the hibernating (ahem! to be honest, almost on the verge of a coma) bookworm in me (and hopefully in many other parents out there like me) out of slumber and back into the reading habit. Through this series, I hope to introduce good e-books and authors to FertileBrains Readers and in the process re-ignite my and others love for books. I will be talking mostly about children’s books and parenting books in this series but may digress from time to time to include any other interesting reads I may encounter on the way.
Last week, I reviewed an adorable bedtime story book for small children (Under 5) called “Bedtime, Little Bear” from Igloo Books. Today I am reviewing the children’s beginning reader book (Level 1) called “Earth Day” written by Margaret McNamara and illustrated by Mike Gordon. You can read this book for free on FunBrain Junior website. Tomorrow being Earth Day (April 22nd), this is a perfect book (and opportunity) to make children environmentally aware and teach them how they can contribute in their own small way, (which can add up to a big difference in the long run) towards the safekeeping of our environment and for preserving Mother Earth.
About The Book
Emma’s first-grade classmates have lots of big ideas on how they can “Save The Earth” but Emma has no clue! She wants to be a part of the endeavor but she doesn’t know how. She doesn’t have a plan or any big ideas. But Daddy comes to Emma’s rescue and together they explore a lot of little things that they CAN DO to save the Earth and in the process, Emma learns how the smallest of actions on the part of a little girl can add up to a big difference. What happens in her class next? Read the book to find out.
- This beginning reader book is a good book to not only teach kids how to read but also to teach them about the environment and how they can make the world a better place.
- The illustrations by Award Winning Illustrator Mike Gordon are excellent and they hold the attention of little kids to the fullest.
- The length is perfect, which means you won’t hate reading it back to back 3-4 times if asked!
- The little actions that were taken by Emma and her Dad in the book are some things which can be easily implemented in any family and so this book is perfect for using as an example for your children to model behavior towards environment-friendly habits.
- The uploaded images are of very good quality (unlike many websites offering free children’s e-books) and the navigation is simple and intuitive. So, go ahead and give this book and website a try!
About FunBrain Junior Website
FunBrain Junior as the name suggests is a fun place for little children (Pre-K/K) to learn stuff (Reading, Maths etc.) while playing games, enjoying stories/cartoons and in general having a good time while at the same time learning valuable skills. I have talked about this website when I listed my favorite Top 5 Kindergarten Websites And Apps. And this book on the website is another example of what makes me visit this site over and over again.
Christopher-award-winning author Margaret McNamara has written more than two dozen books for young readers, among them the popular Fairy Bell Sisters chapter books, the Robin Hill School early readers, and several picture books, including How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin and other books about Mr. Tiffin’s Classroom. Many of the ideas for her books come from her daughter’s school days or her own. “Margaret McNamara is a pen-name,” says the author, whose real name is Brenda Bowen. “I write under the name Margaret McNamara to honor my mother’s mother, my maternal grandmother. The real Margaret grew up a very long time ago in County Clare in Ireland, and she was one of the few girls in her village who could read.”
Mike Gordon has illustrated over 300 children’s books, produced over 400 illustrated greeting card designs. Mike Gordon launched Breadcrumb Books in 2011 to tap into the exciting world of digital publishing. Cartooning has brought the illustrator many literary awards and acclaim in worldwide competitions, adding to his international reputation as a top humorous illustrator. Named the 1988 cartoonist of the year in the UK, Mike has continued his successful career in California since 1993, gaining a nomination in the prestigious National Cartoonist Society Awards.
Disclaimer: The book showcased in this series is available for free at the time of publishing this post. However, FertileBrains has no control over when the book’s value changes or when this book is pulled out of circulation. It is solely the discretion and ownership of the showcased book’s author/publisher.