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. As the snow melts, the girls (2.5 years and 11 months) and I have been spending time picking up trash our local parks. This book would be perfect companion to our cleaning up endeavours.

  2. The thing we are best at doing is recycling.

  3. Julie Graham says:

    Some of my favorites are: reusable shopping bags, refillable water bottles, cloth diapers, and our new compost pile!

  4. I have my oldest 7 year old daughter in Girl scouts, and we have learned lots of ways to help the earth. We recycle like crazy, don’t litter and pick up trash that we see while walking.

  5. We recycle lots of items into craft supplies, dry our clothes on our clothes line on sunny/windy days, take our own reusable waterbottles everywhere we go and plant a organic garden free of chemicals/pesticides.

  6. We are helping the earth by reusing and recycling almost all our child’s stuff. Only used toys/clothes/etc. Plus we use cloth diapers (bought used).

  7. domestic diva says:

    We garden together. We also help pick dandelions at local parks so they don’t need to spray herbicides.

  8. We started a compost bin this winter/spring. We’re recycling food scraps to make great soil for a garden to grow more food!

  9. We put a lot of focus into gardening and nature hikes. We practice the “three R’s” of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. We use very little garbage. One or maybe two bags a week for seven adults and their pets.

  10. Cute! We love being outside – so in addition to trying to follow the 3 R’s we garden, compost, and spend as much time having fun in the rain, snow and sun as we can!
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  11. We recycle almost everything we can (my 3 y/o likes to rinse out his yogurt containers and put them into the recycling bin himself), reuse the backs of old papers for drawing, and hang our clothes to dry.

  12. We recycle, and watch how much water we use.

  13. We compost, recycle, organic garden, buy local, avoid fast food as much as possible, cook from scratch, conserve electricity, buy from sustainable companies, volunteer at our food coop, clean up our “adopted” wetland…. We try our best! :)
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  14. Christine says:

    We are planting a garden.

  15. A few weeks ago we did a trail cleanup and right now we’re having a contest to see how much less electricity and water we can use compared to normal.

  16. Planting a garden tomorrow!

  17. Amanda G. says:

    We started a compost pile last year, and my boys are getting really good at recycling and holding Dad accountable when he forgets!

  18. Our kids and we compost our organic waste, and recycle EVERYTHING we can! We hardly ever have to put out our trash can for pick up.

  19. We are starting new things…composting & a little garden. We are buying local for all we can–lots of little things.
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  20. We recycle and get our produce from our local organic CSA.

  21. I hadn’t realized that my 2.5 year old was picking up on this, but we have been composting all winter. So now when she has “trash” she is able to distinguish if it should be composted, recycled, or actually thrown away. It is amazing how little actually gets put into a traditional trash bag!
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  22. We recycle and do our best not to waste resources, etc… but the best way to care for the earth is to actually get your hands in the dirt. So in addition to the grownup garden beds with veggies, the kids helped plant their own little kid garden. Now we are watering (carefully, using recyclables as watering cans), and picking strawberries so far. Hopefully many more veggies and fruits as the season progresses.
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  23. Our family has changed dramatically in the 4 years since we became parents, and I’m proud to be going through this transition with my children beside me. We recycle, garden, use cloth diapers and cloth napkins, limit our use of paper towels, have a front-loading (low water usage) washing machine, rarely use paper plates, use CFL bulbs, limit our TV time (energy savings), use fewer harsh cleansers, etc, etc, etc!

  24. We recycle, grow some of our own food, use natural light, air dry some clothes, make our own cleaning products, and we don’t litter.

  25. We are recycling.

  26. Catherine says:

    My kids love to recycle and bring home their lunch containers to reuse. They especially like art projects made of random things.

  27. Stephanie says:

    We recycle and the kids help bring the reusable grocery bags to the store. We also use cloth diapers and cloth toilet paper.

  28. We bring reusable bags to the grocery store. The kids color on both sides of paper, or the back side of junk mail. We cloth diaper. The boys take a bath together instead of running two tubs of water.

  29. Our twins take all the recycling out to the recycling bin in the garage and we make a field trip of taking our big pile of papers to the recycling dumpster. We also have them help with the compost pile as well as water our little garden.

  30. We try to reuse and recycle as much as we can and we are getting our compost bin going again. We are paper free in the kitchen and are working to eliminate platics from our lives :)
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  31. My daughter & I are pros are seeking out discarded goods on the side of the road or on the local paths and bag it along the way to bring it home.

  32. We really like the hand-me-downs, as well as handing down, whether it be clothing, recycling leftovers, or other items around the house to reduce waste as much as possible, while trying to be aware of what we bring into our home as a way of helping to reduce our footprint.

  33. We’re recycling, using reusable bags when we go grocery shopping, turning off lights when we leave a room, and conserving water.

  34. We help to clean up down by the creek.

  35. We recycle all that we can.

  36. I make every effort to keep our water use to a minimum, we recycle, buy recycled when we can and hike outside so my son learns to love and appreciate the earth.
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  37. We always recycle and they help with the whole process. My daughter also makes crafts from our recycling bin!
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