Book Review: Three Green Rats; An Eco Tale by Linda Mason Hunter & Suzanne Summersgillcategories: Book, Children, Eco, Teaching, Fiction, Green, Humorous, Earth News, Educational, Modern, Teachers, Positive, Ecology
Linda Mason Hunterabout this book: Three Green Rats, An Eco Tale is a hopeful allegory showing early readers how to walk softly upon Mother Earth. Once inside the fictitious city of TinTown ("a dirty, noisy place"), we find ourselves in a sooty rat universe where the air feels "like a cloud of bad gravy." Mean Mrs. Misrington (the richest rat in town) rules Tintown with industry and cunning. She loves the smell of smoke stacks smoking and the racket of sirens screaming for it means that cash registers are ka-chinging. Money is all that matters to Mrs. Misrington.
But the three Green brothers (orphaned early) turn their backs on the rat race and don't buy a thing. They reuse what they can and recycle what is left. Overalls find new life in a patchwork quilt that keeps them warm at night. Old bicycle parts become part of a homemade wind mill. Though they struggle with many hardships, their path is a joyous journey which keeps generating new forms of joy.
What happens when these cultures collide is the stuff and substance of this cautionary tale, pointing to a road less traveled and a joyous outcome for Mother Earth.
What reviewers say:
• "The great thing about Three Green Rats is how the authors deal with [the issue of climate change]. The story is comedic, with playful language and pure silliness. It avoids becoming moralistic, and is a smart, fun chapter book. Most importantly, the story has hope."
— ForeWord Reviews, March 1, 2013
• "What makes the book a fun read-aloud for kids is the author's fun way with words. The words trip over the reader's tongue. "'My house,' she wailed. 'My epilator, my automatic pillow press, my plasma screen, my spyware, my nighttime vision goggles-all my ratopia gone to rubble!'" Try it with your young audiences. It works not only with the environmental message, but as a humor book as well."
— Children's Literature Network, Feb. 28, 2013
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I'm the IllustratorI love this book, I'm the illustrator. This book is a tale for the children of our time. The kids living in the here and now! This project was started in the Year of the Rat according to the Chinese Zodiac and funny enough, rats are the main characters. I've learned a whole lot about Rats working on this project. I look forward to another book, an eco workbook or a story where the rats have 346 brothers and sisters! a population explosion! [by Suzanne]
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