Today I’m delighted to be taking part on both Tales Before Bedtime and Tales Before Bedtime Juniors in the blog tour for My Dad, The Earth Warrior by Gary Haq. I’m particularly honoured today because it is not only publication day but is also World Environment Day. Now this is a children’s book and normally I would review books for children on Tales Before Bedtime Juniors (previously Story Makers) but I wanted to share this here too to mark the fact that it is World Environment Day and it’s a great book too. 🙂
My Dad, The Earth Warrior is funny, insightful, unique and full of fantastic illustrations. Not only is it fun to read but it’s also full of important messages and touches on issues that young children have to deal with today from grief, loneliness to concerns about fitting in.
Hero’s dad hasn’t been quite the same since his mum passed away. He disappears into books leaving Hero feeling a little lost and at times forgotten. He wants his dad back but things go from bad to worse when a bookshelf collapses leaving his dad with a rather large bump on his head, his memory lost and convinced that he is an Earth Warrior who must do whatever it takes to help mother earth and the fight against a ruthless energy tycoon. Much to Hero’s horror it seems to involve being naked quite a lot. Follow Hero as he tries to keep things together AND keep his dad somewhat clothed.
This is a book that celebrates knowledge and how being aware gives us power and the ability to change things for the better. It is also a book that will make you think twice about the impact each one of us has on the world today. Yes, we can change the world.
This is a super book to share with emerging readers and newly independent readers too. It’s fun to read but it’s also a great book to raise awareness with our children about the environment, the world we live in and the impact we have on it. But that’s enough from me… here is a little more about the book and some words of wisdom from the author himself.
Hero is an ordinary boy who wants nothing more than to have a normal dad. But Dad is only interested in reading his books and filling his head with useless facts. Then one day Dad has a freak accident and wakes up claiming to be an Earth Warrior sent to protect the land from a ruthless energy tycoon. Hero is forced to go along with Dad’s new personality.
But when Gran mysteriously disappears, Hero and Dad embark on a dangerous adventure. Can Hero save Gran and get his old dad back before it’s too late?
My Dad, the Earth Warrior is a heart-warming tale of a boy and his dad who reconnect their distant relationship and set out together on a mission to save Mother Earth. It is a story of personal growth, environment and discovering the warrior spirit that lies in all of us – written with humour sure to make children laugh out loud.
Written by leading human ecologist Gary Haq and publishing to coincide with World Environment Day, the book addresses issues of our changing climate, heatwaves, flooding and the need for action in an engaging way which will inspire all young readers to be eco-warriors.
So how can you become an Earth Warrior? Here are Gary’s tips…
How to be an Earth Warrior!
Today is both World Environment Day and the official release day of my children’s book, My Dad the Earth Warrior. This is a story about the relationship between a boy called Hero and his Dad who have grown apart since the death of his mother. One day Dad has a freak accident and wakes up claiming to be an earth warrior sent to protect Mother Earth…
The Earth is our mother, our life-support system, our home. We depend on it for the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat. It provides us with shelter and warmth and all the materials that allow us to live our lives to the full. We need to take care of it, protect it, and make sure it’s in good shape, not only for ourselves but for future generations. We can all be earth warriors and take action to protect Mother Earth, so why not join the tribe and become one yourself? Here are some handy tips on how you too can be an earth warrior!
Turn off lights and electrical appliances when not in use. This saves money on electricity bills and reduces your carbon footprint too!
CLEAN YOUR PLATE
Food waste has a big impact on climate change. If it ends up in a landfill site, it will rot and release methane (a damaging greenhouse gas) into the environment. So, only take what you need and finish your plate.
TURN DOWN THE HEAT
If you’re cold, wrap up and put on a jumper rather than turning the thermostat up. This saves energy and carbon.
GROW YOUR OWN
Growing your own fruits and vegetables will help prevent CO2 emissions from trucks, planes and ships that your bring your food from far away.
PLANT A TREE
Planting a tree can help remove CO2 from the atmosphere and help tackle climate change.
Reduce the waste you produce in your daily life. For example, by using a refillable water bottle or cup rather than buying a new plastic bottle each time.
RECYCLE AND REUSE
Recycle your waste and think about using second-hand items or swapping things you no longer want rather than buy new.
WALK, CYCLE OR TAKE THE BUS
If it’s safe, then consider walking, cycling and taking the bus for short trips rather than going by car.
Consider how much water you need when washing and brushing your teeth. Try not to waste any by leaving the tap running too long.
SPREAD THE WORD
Encourage your friends, family, neighbours and teachers to do their bit and become earth warriors too!
Gary Haq is an earth warrior whose day job is saving the planet. He is an associate researcher at a prestigious global environmental think tank and a research scientist at a European research centre. He tries his best to be the change he wants to see in the world and hopes to inspire others with his stories. When he’s not involved in his own eco-adventures, he likes to write, read, learn languages and explore new cultures. Gary lives with his wife and young daughter, and spends his time between York, England and Laveno, Italy.
It’s been such a pleasure hosting today’s stop on the blog tour for My Dad, the Earth Warrior and I thoroughly recommend sharing this book with your young readers today. This is our world and it is important we look after it and teach our children to do the same. Looking at Gary’s advice I can honestly say that I am well on my way to being an earth warrior too. I love this planet and its beauty fills me with joy every single day. If we each do our best to do just these little things, then I believe we can all make a big difference.
There is so much more I could write about this book and the subject matter but for now I urge you to take a look at this fantastic book, Gary’s website and World Environment Day by clicking on the links below.
Discover more about Gary by visiting his website here: www.garyhaqwrites.com
Follow Gary on Twitter: @drgaryhaq
He’s also on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/garyhaqauthor
Find out more about World Environment Day: www.worldenvironmentday.global
I’m absolutely delighted to be able to include a sample from My Dad, the Earth Warrior. Just click on the link below:
Thank you to Gary and Hannah Cooper for inviting me to review My Dad, the Earth Warrior.
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