HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: A Conservation Tale: Your Planet Needs You!
Author: Ian Sadler
Illustrator: Len DiSalvo
Publisher: Gelos Publications, 2020
Related website(s): http://www.GelosPublications.com (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 5 – 7
Rating: ***** 5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Category: Children’s book
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Sadler, Ian. A Conservation Tale: Your Planet Needs You! (Published in 2020 by Gelos Publications, 332 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 1032, Chicago, IL 60604). Pongo the Ghostly Orangutan takes a wizened old man forward into the future to see an earth that is polluted, smelly, and arid. Then Pongo takes the man back into his past childhood to see what he and his friends could have done to avoid this undesirable outcome. What might we do to keep the seas from being polluted? How will saving electricity and planting trees help the situation? And is there any way to make sure that we can have lots of clean water?
A Conservation Tale is listed as Book 3 of 5 in “The Rhyme, Laugh and Learn Series.” With the trademark rhyming pattern of the series, the story is a good opportunity for children, families, and educators to discuss what part we all can play in taking care of our environment. In the back, there are three pages of questions, activities, and action steps. Sometimes, there is a very fine line between extreme environmental alarmism and common-sense conservation concepts such as “Recycle, Reuse, and Renew” which make life on this earth more pleasant. Other titles in the series include Juan Costell and Aunt Sofia, Jimmy and Jane, Normal Nina, and The Pennydale Zoo.