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One of my favorite books, when I was a child, was The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton. When thinking about a book to mention on Earth Day, this old, sweet story stuck inside my mind. I'm not sure if it is read to many children anymore, even though it is a Caldecott winner. I highly encourage giving this classic a try.
The Little House is the story of a beautiful, happy house full of love and family. It is passed down through the generations and slowly over time the city begins to creep closer and closer. Finally, the Little House is surrounded by dirty sidewalks and skyscrapers and is no longer happy. It feels abandoned and neglected, but it "shall never be sold for gold or silver." Finally, a descendant of the original family moves the house back out to the country where it can see the sun, the moon, the stars, and breathe clean air.
This book was the first book to teach me the consequences of industry and cities. Watching how sad the house got as the environment around it was destroyed really stood out to me as a child. I think this is a wonderful book to teach children to love the earth. It is not that the city is all bad, just that it intrudes and can easily overwhelm. Kids will understand that keeping the city away is what is best for the environment and the Little House.
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