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Get Out!
by Judy Molland
Order:  USA  Can
Free Spirit, 2009 (2009)
* * *   Reviewed by Deb Kincaid

Judy Molland's pocket-sized book, Get Out!: 150 Easy Ways for Kids and Grown-Ups to Get Into Nature and Build a Greener Future, delivers on it promises. Every idea in this uncomplicated, refreshing book is easy to accomplish. It doesn’t matter if you live in a city apartment, a suburban neighborhood, or out in the sticks - you will find dozens of doable activities adults can enjoy with children.

The premise is, if you get kids to love and appreciate nature, they’ll respect and protect it over a lifetime. Hurting the earth will be unthinkable. Even more, research shows nature contributes to emotional and physical health. Teachers, club leaders, and parents can all use these ideas to instill good stewardship principles in kids. These are great ideas for adults, too! Here are a few from the book: camp out in your backyard (#25); or, volunteer at a public park (#56). Idea #103 is a great one: arrange a toy swap with other parents. The ideas in Get Out! are fun, interesting, and motivating. And the earth wins. The author's friendly, chatty writing style makes for enjoyable reading, too.

I have to commend Free Spirit publishing, and designer/photographer Tasha Kenyon, for this jewel of a book. It's beautiful. Plus, the small size and user-friendly organization make it quite handy. It's printed on recycled paper, of course. You knew that.

The author is an award-winning teacher (high school Spanish), writer, and avid lover of the outdoors. Molland also authored Straight Talk about Schools Today.

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