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Authors: Karen Whiting and Rebecca White
Publisher: Zonderkidz
ISBN: 978-0-310-72500-8

Going green is also about enjoying nature and discovering more about the earth. It’s about showing respect and appreciation for the beautiful planet God created for us,” Karen Whiting and Rebecca White write in their book, Nature Girl: A Guide to Caring for God’s Creation.

At one hundred and seventy-six pages, this paperback targets young girls ages nine to twelve years old that are interested in the environment and the wonderful world that surrounds us. After an introduction, there are ten chapters devoted to learning about our planet and ourselves, followed by resources and references. This reader wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.

The chapters include topics about physical appearance, eating habits, and taking care of the earth, animals, water, and air by cutting back on electronics, promoting recycling, and cleaning up the environment.

Each chapter may have recipes, projects, charts, lists, and games girls can participate in to help our world. With references mainly from the New International Reader’s Version of the Bible, the writers promote how God has created this world of wonder for our enjoyment and benefit. The chapters end with fun quizzes and lists of eco-career choices to consider.

One section discusses caring for God’s critters, first mentioning several tips to do for our furry and feathered friends. There is a recipe of whole-wheat doggie treats along with a game of fetch to play and group scavenger hunt. With warnings about handling injured animals, a list of amazing animal facts along with a project on how to make a reef ball is included. The end of the chapter has a quiz about endangered animals and four careers are listed in the animal kingdom.

With only a few black and white drawings and no pictures of finished projects, imagination is left up to the reader. Geared toward mainly females, one can turn to any part of the book to glean new ideas, learn fun facts, and create a better environment.

Mother and daughter writers hone in on teaching young girls not only about their bodies in a upbeat, clever, and instructional way, they promote carrying about others, protecting the animals and the land, and being responsible citizens.

This book was furnished by the author in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinion.

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