Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Legend of Honey Hollow

My almost two year son has just recently warmed up to idea of sitting down and reading books together. He used to be more interested in the pages themselves and either ripping or eating them. This new development excites me because I love to read children's books and want nothing more than to share them with my son. Family Review Network introduced me to a new book called The Legend of Honey Hollow written by Jeanne McNaney and illustrated by David Cochard.

I enjoy reading most children's books, but this one initially peaked my interest for two reasons. First, I liked how it's about bears as my son has also recently developed a liking towards them. Second, it has an important message that I thought we could all benefit from hearing. From the website:

In The Legend of Honey Hollow™, bears from all over
the world find a home-away-from-home after their natural habitats are threatened. Join Grendel the Polar Bear as she arrives at Honey Hollow, a magical place where the air is pure, the water is clean and everyone is always welcome!

I enjoyed reading this book. It's simple to understand and while it is sad at times, it provides great hope for the future. I learned a great deal about different species of bears, and how their homes are being threatened as a result of the global search for energy in the form of oil, gas and coal. Educating our children on these important environmental issues will be necessary for the survival of many animals, including bears.

The Legend of Honey Hollow is also enhanced by the gorgeous illustrations. The pages are filled with scenes of vibrant color and the characters really come to life. I enjoyed reading this book and I look forward to sharing it with my son. For more information about the book and where to buy it, you can visit the website here.

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