Giveaway: 3 Pandas Planting by Megan Halsey – Two Winners!

The following is by editor Kara Fleck.

I am so pleased to share  a fun giveaway with you today!   Just in time for Earth Day and Screen Free Week, we’ve been given a copy of newly re-released book Megan Halsey‘s newly re-released book 3 Panda’s Planting.

This giveaway is now closed.  Thank you!

This book is a new addition to our Earth Day book basket and a happy, cheerfully illustrated lesson for preschool through early elementary kids that shows conservation in action.

All three of my kids, from age two to age nine, have been enjoying this fun book and, as a parent,  I’ve been enjoying that it helps broach a serious topic in a lighthearted way.

My oldest and I have had some great discussions about what being a good steward of our planet means and even the two and four year olds are picking up on the book’s simple message about caring for the earth.

3 Pandas Planting has been a good way to open the door on conservation talks, and also given us some ideas for turning those discussions into actions that we can take as a family.

From the 3 Pandas Planting website:

“Published by Marshall Cavendish, on recycled paper, 3 Pandas Planting is a fun, earth-loving and user-friendly book for all ages!

Carpooling crocodiles, litter-collecting condors, newspaper-bundling bears, and other earth-friendly animals show how small, everyday actions can make a BIG difference in taking care of the earth. Originally published by Bradbury Press in 1994, this new paperback edition contains updated backmatter with environmental/recycling tips. Perfect for Earth Day and everyday, fun web-links are included for children and parents to learn more about doing good things for the earth.”

The Giveaway

Two lucky Simple Kids readers are each going to win a copy of 3 Panda’s Planting! Megan has even generously offered to inscribe the winners’ copies!

To Enter

  • Leave a comment on this post telling me how you and your kids are taking care of the earth.

This giveaway will end at midnight EST Saturday April 23, 2011. Good luck! This giveaway is now closed.  Thank you!

Coloring Pages and More!

If you visit the 3 Panda’s Planting website, Megan has some coloring pages and activities waiting for you and your kids there.

Just in time to help with the mid-week Screen Free blues, right?

About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at

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  1. my kids learned early that litter is bad and even though they are just barely 4 years old have been picking up the litter the other kids throw around our neighborhood for 2 years, and more recently they’ve gotten more involved in helping with the recycling and gardening, one of my sons even picked up on the fact that i sometimes save things to make recycled crafts and tells me “mommy, that would be cool for crafties!” about a lot of things that most people just throw away.

  2. Goodmorning,

    This book looks like a fun way to focus on really important issues. We use recycled materials in many of our craft projects, When on walks around campus we often stop and bring things to the trash or bring a bag for trash. We also bring our bags to the supermarket. These are just a few of the things we do. Earth issue conversations are regularly part of our day.
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  3. Aside from going screen free this week, we’re being more green by making sustainable easter baskets which include homemade chocolate treats, second-hand baskets from Goodwill, and “grass” made from our shredded documents.
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  4. My 3 and 2 year old are learning about caring through the earth through lots of picture books. We’d love to add this one to our collection.

    My girls are learning to recycle, to pick up neighborhood trash and to minimize water use.

  5. I only have one kid, and he is not quite four months old. So the list is short. But we use cloth diapers, take him with us to the farmer’s market, and most of his clothes (and many of his books) are hand-me-downs.

    I am a school librarian, so I appreciate the review. I am always looking for books like this to add to the collection.
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  6. We recycle, eat mostly local…my kids love the farmer’s market!, use mostly homemade cleaning products, compost and garden.

  7. The girls help me remember to recycle. We also reuse a lot of things for crafting and card-giving. We also have a bird feeder and keep it full as part of our commitment to the birds.
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  8. My boys (5 and 3) do a great job knowing what things should go into the recycle bin. We have our divided into a paper bin and all other reyclables and they do a great job making sure it goes into the right bin!

  9. Would love to win this!! It looks like a wonderful book to share with my children. Thanks for the opportunity.
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  10. We do the recycling together.

  11. Our family recycles everything we can. My oldest daughter (5) loves to use recycled material for her art projects and we re-purpose jars to hold pens, pencils, markers or any other type of art supply. I use recycled jars in my pantry as well. We pick up garbage outside in our neighborhood and my daughters know that littering is bad. We also use reusable grocery bags, lunch bags and water bottles. We have cloth napkins and use towels instead of paper towels and paper napkins.

  12. My daughter is only 2, but she already knows there are different recycling bins for different items. Also, we have taught her to use both sides of scrap paper when she is coloring.

  13. Single Mama by Choice says:

    How sweet! We recycle, buy local, organic veggies and fruits from a CSA and the farmer’s market, and try to conserve water.

  14. We joined Arbor Day foundation and my 3 year old goes out on the porch to water our baby trees. She also gives them hugs and rearranges them so they can be close to the “mama tree” ( one of the bigger ones). “They need a mama!” she says

  15. Franziska says:

    My daughter helps with the recycling and our weekly farm share pick up.

  16. My girls take all the kitchen waste out to the compost pile. I love listening to them explain compost to their friends!

  17. Compost, recycle, buy used, cloth diapers, garden……
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  18. This looks like a cute book. love to be entered.

    We love planting flowers in the spring time

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  19. I talk to my kids a lot about how we need to be careful about the products we use, because many have chemicals that can harm our bodies or the water/soil/wildlife. We also grow our garden organically, and we try to use things up, repurpose things, or buy things second hand in order to reduce waste.

  20. I have my two-year-old helping me plant seeds in our organic garden, and she also enjoys when I ask her to help put items in the recycling bins.

  21. We hang up clothes on the line and garden together.

  22. We are cutting down on our waste by using cloth diapers and starting a worm compost bin this summer. We are also growing some seeds for our (organic) vegetable garden.

  23. Hi! We’ve recently, in the last year, been more committed to being good stewards of the Earth God gave us. We have a vegetable garden and compost bin, recycle (first reuse whenever possible), use cloth diapers, and make as much of our food (including baby food) at home to reduce waste and cost. We always reuse any scrap paper–my 2-year-old especially enjoys using it as his canvas:). We also mostly use homemade cleaners, and buy gently used clothes and books. It’s actually kind of fun finding new ways to simply reduce!

  24. “Momma, can someone else use this since we’re done with it . . . let’s not throw that out – let’s use it another way . . . are you sure this container is recyclable?” :-)
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  25. My kids love to recycle! The cans, the bottles, the paper…even their clothing! We just bagged and donated a ton of our used clothing yesterday! My children also work together with my husband to plant and maintain our vegetable gardens!

  26. We are planting a garden, using compost, and recycling with our lil dude

  27. Carie Tonovitz says:

    My youngest-age 4-is extremely conscious of litter, and picks it up wherever we are. He is also the kid in the family who relishes recycling, composting, turning off lights. He would love this book. This summer we are going to do a unit study on taking care of the planet with my older son, this would be a good book so the 4 year old could be included.

  28. katie anaya says:

    my kids are still fairly small (4, 2 and 6 months) so they mostly learn by watching me. the four year old is picking up on things though and he loves to help me sort the recycling (my least favorite chore)! i love using books to help the kids learn about important issuses; they usually say i so much better than i could! thanks for the giveaway!

  29. My two year old daughter has just started to take an interest in my passion- gardening. Each day she follows me around the yard to pick weeds, rake, and tend to the veggies. I love that she is becoming a great lover of the outdoors.

  30. my son has become a better recycler than i!!!! he checks up on my husband when he is throwing stuff away and will move things from the trash to the recycling bin!!! so cute!

  31. We are planting an organic garden with our almost 3 year old daughter this summer…lots to teach through the process!

  32. We are composting our veggie peels and fruit cores.

  33. we started composting, and we are going to try our hand at gardening. We have gotten rid of cable, and have risked tv time for kids. We have started using the car more than the van, and try not to make runs anywhere unless we can make multiple stops at one time instead of making 3 trips in one day.

  34. We do the recycling together and have been buying local food.

  35. My daughter is only 2 1/2 but she is very helpful in sorting the recycling and she definitely knows which bins are for each kind of recycling. She is also looking forward to helping plant and take care of our new garden. She tells me it “is a mess right now (freshly tilled and very wet) but it won’t be a mess anymore when we plant the seeds.” She loves to read and I know she would enjoy 3 Pandas Planting :)

  36. We talk about recycling and the girls help me put our items in the correct bins. We always make sure to use both sides of our paper and reuse our scrap paper, including envelopes. We’re working on making some other changes to help us use less paper products, including making some cloth napkins, using rags instead of paper towels, and using cloth diapers more. Looks like a great book! Thanks!

  37. Among many things we have a designated place upstairs and downstairs with clean rags for cleaning things up as well as places to put the dirty rags. My son knows where they all are and they are accessible to him. This eliminates our need for paper towels and throwing more things away. We also use cloth napkins at the table which also go in our dirty rag pile.

  38. Cute book! We recycle and eat local and walk to the library.

  39. we compost!

  40. What an adorable book! :) Well I am proud to say that my daughter (4) picks up trash everywhere we go! She has such a kind heart, so any time she sees trash she picks it up and throws it away. If we aren’t near a trash can she will take it home with us to throw away. We also walk around the area we live with a trash bag and pick up trash we see. She already knows about recycling, so we recycle what we can and toss the rest. It’s amazing to see how at such a young age kids can learn the importance of these things and have an impact!
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  41. The kids and I love to compost and to hang our clothes outside to dry together!

  42. Jeannie Yohn says:

    We’re planting vegetables and herbs in our tiny suburban backyard!

  43. As a family, we compost, grow some of our own organic foods, use our chickens for manure for the compost, collect fresh eggs every day, recycle, and overall, be good role models for others.

  44. We recycle and use stainless steel water bottles instead of plastic ones.

  45. We recycle, clean up along our street in the spring, try to not use plastics (as much anyway), buy organic, and grow a garden every year! Would love to win this book.

  46. With 2 little people we do a lot of recycling & reusing. With this generation, it is only second nature to reuse things to the point that having to use the regular trash can requires a lot of explaining. We also have our own garden as well as participating in the local community garden. We haven’t made it to composting yet, but will be watering out of our rain barrel this year.

  47. Cloth diapers, composting, our own garden (with a little one for the kids this summer)…love to have this book to go with that!

  48. We’ve taught our little one the importance of reusing things, growing a garden, and eating things that are home or locally grown. Thanks for the chance to enter!

  49. my daughter lily always wants to stop to pick up litter any time she sees it!
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  50. recycle, reduce, reuse!