While the validity of climate change continues to be hotly debated, most people are beginning to agree that our planet actually does have limited resources and it’s possible that we will be reaching the outer limit of these sometime soon.
As we grapple with how this will impact our lives, we are clearer on the fact that whatever happens, it will be the world our children will live in. This week we’ve pulled out two amazing stories that show, in no uncertain terms, what happens when we exhaust all possible resources, such as the Truffula Trees, or stamp out nature with urban density. Big concepts for a toddler – but rather than over-whelming them with Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, these two books, so charmingly told and illustrated, will both sow the seeds for future environmental activism!
The Lorax by Dr Seuss
The Lorax, a saw-dusty chap who speaks for the trees, tries to warn against deforestation but is at first humoured, then blatantly ignored by the Thneed producing Multi-National Corporation who eventually produce themselves out of business and ruin the environment in the process. Unlike real life though, there is a message of hope at the end and the promise of more Truffula Trees.
If you read this to your child often enough, they too will believe there is a seed of hope.
Well know for his ‘breakthrough’ book Animalia, Graeme Base has written and illustrated many gorgeous children’s books . Uno’s Garden tells the tale of a well meaning character called Uno who happens upon a small paradise and decides to make his home there. Over the years, more people come and settle, and at each stage, a native species is un-settled, the impact of urban density poignantly illustrated both visually and through the story.
If the Lorax doesn’t have your child seriously considering an Environmental Science degree, Uno’s Garden, and the plight of the Gondalopes will have them applying for early admission before they can spell ‘environmental degradation’.
Both books are available through bookshops and via Amazon.
From The Library: Picture Books
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