If there was a prize for the book that’s had the most impact in our house this year then this would win it!
How to Help a Hedgehog and Protect a Polar Bear introduces the reader to thirteen different habitats – from gardens to mountains – then gives them practical advice about how to protect each one. Dr Jess French’s tips are really accessible and 5 year-old Martha was instantly hooked by the plight of the wildlife facing extinction – so much so that she decided she was going to make some changes straightaway (no more plastic straws for a start).
As we read the book together, we worked out which of the 70 tips we’d already adopted and made a list of the ones that we still needed to do. Martha also enjoyed spotting the creatures she recognised and learning about new ones that are depicted in Angela Keoghan’s beautiful illustrations. There’s so much detail on each page that it’s possible to read it many times over and not get bored.
What astonished me most though was how excited Martha was to protect the planet after finishing the book. She felt as if she could actually do something to make a difference and the great thing is – she can! (See her garden tips video on our IGTV channel)
Whether you have a future green crusader in your family or just want your kids to become more aware of the environment then I’d highly recommend this title. It’s essential reading for the next generation.
We were sent a review copy How to Help a Hedgehog and Protect a Polar Bear by Jess French and Angela Keoghan (published by Nosy Crow/National Trust). The words and pictures are our own.