Today, I am hosting a REVIEW for THE ABCs OF LIVING GREEN by Theresa A. McKeown.
Theresa A. McKeown
Publisher: The ABCs of Living Green, LLC
Genre: Picture/Poetry for Children and Tweens
THE ABCs OF LIVING GREEN completes the ABC trilogy of picture books focused on raising happy, healthy, conscious children in body, mind, and spirit. Written from the voice of Mother Earth, every letter of the alphabet and corresponding word gives readers a multitude of fun ways to be mindful not only of the planet we all share, but of the people with whom we share it. A book that focuses on the beauty and fulfillment of stepping up and doing our part in taking care of the environment and each other, THE ABCs OF LIVING GREEN is truly a book for the enlightened child of the 21st century.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Theresa McKeown spent over two decades in the entertainment arena before embracing her true passion of writing children’s books. After producing hundreds of hours of television for a host of cable and network outlets, Theresa is now on the path of what she considers her highest calling.
Theresa and her sisters have created “The ABC’s of Everything, LLC”, a family endeavor solely focused on publishing several series of children’s books, digital content, and educational curriculums. All will be written and produced with an awareness of the true possibilities that children of the 21st century can realize.
As an author, Theresa is dedicated to estimating rather than underestimating the wisdom of children. Her philosophy is that kids are fully adept at understanding nuance and meaning and it’s not necessary to talk down to them. She is dedicated to creating a new paradigm in the children’s book world by introducing work that fully embraces the insightfulness, perception and unlimited intellectual potential of today’s youth.
Her books are meant to plant the seeds of education and awareness early in a child’s development, knowing full well that children will ultimately blossom into the best versions of who they are meant to be.
In her role as producer, Theresa traveled worldwide, filming from locations as diverse as the White House, NORAD, the Pentagon, FBI headquarters, maximum-security prisons and from the top of the World Trade Center. Along the way she “tail-hooked” onto an aircraft carrier in the Pacific, yachted through South America with jet setters and chased bad guys with the LAPD in a helicopter. She survived both OJ Simpson trials, shot live from heart of the LA Riots and drove through a wall of flames during the Laguna fires. Yet, with a background like this, building a community to celebrate children promises to be the most exciting adventure of all.
As George Elliot once said, “It’s never too late to become who you might have been”.
…Words this author has taken to heart.
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I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review.
I can really appreciate the author’s dedication to introducing such important concepts to young readers. As so much more than an alphabet book, each letter is represented by a word that encourages “green living” and provides a poem expounding on that idea; however, very few of the poems suggest any form of tangible or even actionable examples of how to practice a more sustainable life. Each poem is more of a thought-provoking reflection of looking within to build a better relationship with the world around us. While extremely praiseworthy and inspiring, I’m not sure the intended audience is written with them in mind. The rhyme scheme of ABAB reads for a much younger and more juvenile audience and actually becomes quite monotonous if read aloud from beginning to end, especially given the length of most of these poems. Reading a few at a time over the course of several days will definitely stimulate a more meditative response or even a family discussion towards positive approaches in our efforts to promote mindfulness.
The illustrations are quite diverse and work well with each poem, simultaneously expanding on the text while also remaining just understated enough to not draw attention away from the overall message.
Although I would have enjoyed and preferred more variety in the poetic style, I can see value in sharing these vital and timely themes.