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Teaching children about environmental awareness issues can be challenging, especially when dealing with complex issues. Three new children’s picture books from Happy Fox Box introduce important environmental issues in a gentle fashion.
These books captured my heart immediately. Not because they are beautiful picture books, but because they share colorful stories of deforestation and how it affects Giant Pandas, Polar Bears, and Snowy Leopards. Illustrator/authors Xuan Loc Xuan and Khoe Lee provide absolutely stunning images filled with bold colors and movement.
Climate change, deforestation, and poaching are issues which are brought up, respectively, in a way that is subtle and educational. The books open up a conversation if the adult reader and child wish to further explore such themes. Otherwise, the books stand alone as action-packed and fantastical stories all the same.
ABOUT THE BOOKS
Snowy the Leopard of the High Mountains tells the compelling tale of a little cub who overcomes danger through friendship, patience, and courage. Snowy becomes separated from her mother as they run away from menacing fur hunters. Lost and lonely, the little leopard cub makes new forest friends who teach her all she needs to know to find her way back home.
Something To Do
What you need to know about Deforestation
Can you imagine Earth without forests? Here are some deforestation facts for kids that can be shared to raise their awareness about our environment:
- 13 million hectares of forest have been cleared for other uses or by a natural disaster. By the year 2030, we might only have 10% of our forests left… and if we don’t stop deforestation, they could all be gone in 100 years.
- Agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation. We clear the land to raise livestock or to plant other crops that can be sold, such as sugar cane and palm oil. More: How Can We Stop Deforestation?
- There are 5 major rainforests:
- a. The Amazon in South America
- b. The Congo in Central Africa
- c. Southeast Asia
- d. New Guinea
- e. Madagascar
Are you curious why Rainforests are so important? TheWorldCounts.com explains why.
Deforestation and ALL Animals
Did you know that forests cover 31 percent of earth’s land surface and house a majority of the plants and animals found on earth?
It is estimated that these diverse ecosystems house 80 percent of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity. Rainforests have especially high species density, covering 2 percent of earth’s surface, but housing nearly 50 percent of all plant and animal species. But deforestation doesn’t just hurt animals indigenous to the Rainforests. Read more here.
THERE IS A SOLUTION
With education, people can be taught the value of forests and the importance of caring for them and all life on planet earth. Being educated means to gather all the facts before making a decision. Sites like OneTreePlanted.org EarthDay.org and the ArborDayFoundation.org are working tirelessly on “reforestation” to combat the deforestation.
Supporting these organizations (and others like them) and arming yourself with the facts I’ve given you will help you know how to make the right decision and be responsible for caring for the earth.