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A Lawn Chair Gardener’s Guide
Entertaining and easy to read, this book offers a roadmap for the earth-conscience gardeners who don’t have a lot of time to spend in the yard, but desire to grow edible and beneficial plants. Mixing one part gardening, one part concern for the environment, and on part person growth, writer and Master Gardener, Dawn Pape, sets out to change the world one yard at a time. Pape’s low-maintenance “lawn chair” gardens create habitat, conserve water, reduce the gardener’s carbon footprint, and eliminate the need for chemicals. Best of all, she makes it easy. Pape has a knack for explaining complex topics like organic gardening and companion planting in a very approachable way. You too can grow your own food, improve your little corner of the world, and transform your yard into an oasis.
Mason Meets a Mason Bee
Meet Mason—a boy who is afraid of bees. Discover how Mason conquers his fear of bees and feels like a superhero on a mission to save bees after he meets a talking mason bee. Yes, a bee sharing his own name! This rhyming picture storybook teaches timely, important and weighty topics about native bees, habitat, pesticides, and native plants in a light and fun way.
Although geared for grades K-5, adults may learn a thing or two as well. This book naturally ties into science, social studies, and health curriculum. The back of the book features: a note to the caregivers/teachers; resources to learn more about insects and habitat; as well as links to extension activities and lessons about pollinators.
This book was inspired by the author’s son, Mason, who declared that he hated bugs. Pape recognized this familiar negative attitude toward insects and turned the teachable moment into a book. By connecting children to plants, pollinators and their food, Pape hopes her books will influence kids (and their adults) to choose behaviors that support their own health as well as the health of the planet.
Mason Meets a Mason Bee with K-5 Educator’s Guide
This book includes the story plus an educator’s guide is geared for traditional and non-traditional educational settings. Following the story, there are four lessons, extension activities, and background information for the educator.
PRAISE FOR MASON MEETS A MASON BEE
“This is a great book—not only for kids, but also for parents and teachers. Kids will enjoy learning trivia, while adults stand to learn as much as the kids, and will appreciate the resources in the back as well. Best of all, parents may face pressure from their kids to actually use those resources. The rhyming style of this book reminds me of Dr. Seuss, and The Lorax in particular for its environmental message. The rhymes are clever and well thought-out. . .The book has a clear message—protect the bees—and delivers it effectively…”
— Joel Gardner, University of Minnesota Bee Lab Research Associate
“This book is a must have in all science classrooms. The precise photographs guide the story of Mason’s journey through observation and scientific inquiry with mason bees. The creative rhythm and rhyme draws listeners in with every page turn. Be sure to take advantage of the additional information from the educator’s guide and resources to extend the learner’s quest for knowledge. Creative and informative for all ages …”
— Kara Cassidy, Kindergarten Teacher
Thank You, Bugs!
This fun rhyming book teaches toddlers and pre-schoolers the positive and negative aspects of bugs. It reinforces that even though some bugs are creepy, many bugs are extremely important because they help make our food.
A story of a young boy and an old care sharing the same name.
Defenders of the Future—Tackle Today’s Water Troubles
A story with lessons, activities, and resources for Grades 3+ / written by Dawn Pape, illustrated by Lisa Sacchi
Inspire kids to find and use their strengths to help protect the planet. Have them decide individually, as a group, or as a class how they will help protect water to earn their superhero capes and masks. Explain that even though there is government that oversees environmental resources, government cannot be everywhere all the time enforcing rules and best practices, so it’s important for individuals to do their part—even when no one is watching.
This book doesn’t dance around real-world water challenges, but faces them head on. Combining science and social studies, the defenders of the future characters interact with the talking water cycle character. The story reveals how, even though humans are negatively impacting the water cycle, regular people (like your students!) can use their super strengths to turn these challenges around.