Monday, October 3, 2011

Trouble on Earth Day Book Review

Trouble on Earth Day, by Kathy Stemke

In our ever changing world, we are urged to "go green" every where and every way we can.  Trouble on Earth Day, written by Kathy Stemke and illustrated by Kurt Wilckin, teaches children what they can do to help the earth stay green.  Stemke's cute and fun book isn't just for kids, it is full of activities and crafts for teachers or home school parents to use with their students.  The book pulls the reader into one family's creative ways to Rethink, Reuse and Recycle. 

Meet Shelby Squirrel,  winner of the Earth Day Poster Competition.  Shelby is so excited to win  a 1st place ribbon in the contest, her enthusiasm bubbles over to her whole family.  

Dad Squirrel finds old clothes to make a quilt.  Mom Squirrel finds some nuts to make a wreath, even though Shelby thought they were useless.  Then Shelby makes friends with a sad bluebird and uses her rethinking and reusing skills to build him. a nest after his home was reduced to a stump.

Stemke uses Rethink instead of Reduce on Shelby's poster.  I love the new spin it gives on ways to make our earth a better place.  Sometimes you can't reduce, you have to rethink and come up with a new solution to an old problem.

I did expect Shelby to get into some sort of trouble in Trouble on Earth Day, instead she helped Charlie bluebird in his troubles.

The Educator's Edition includes songs, activities, recycled crafts, worksheets, word activities and comprehension questions that helps children learn more about Earth Day.  Stemke makes learning fun and gets kids empowered to change the way their family recycles.  Her Fuzzy Squirrel Song left me singing the I'm a Little Teapot tune all day!
Wilckin's illustrations add great details to the book.  Dad Squirrel isn't reading just any newspaper, he is reading the "Daily Nut."  On Shelby's poster, Rethink is shown with a florescent light bulb.  Charlie, the little blue bird, wears and baseball cap and plays guitar.  Those fun little touches make the characters come alive.

 Trouble on Earth Day gets the whole family going green!  I would highly recommend it for young readers ages 4 to 8.

You can purchase Trouble on Earth Day on Amazon.

Meet Kathy Stemke, author of Trouble on Earth Day:

Kathy Stemke has a passion for writing, the arts and all things creative. She has Bachelor degrees from Southern Connecticut State University and Covenant Life Seminary, as well as graduate coursework from New York Institute of Technology and Columbia University. Hanging her hat in the North Georgia Mountains, she has been a teacher, tutor, and writer for many years.

As a freelance writer and ghostwriter, Kathy has published hundreds of articles in directories, websites and magazines. She is a reviewer for Sylvan Dell Publishing and a former editor for The National Writing for Children Center. As a retired teacher, Kathy has several activities published with Gryphon House Publishing. Kathy is also part of the team at DKV Writing 4 U, a writing services company that includes ghostwriting, copywriting, editing, proofreading, critiquing, and resumes.

Kathy’s first children’s picture book, Moving Through All Seven Days, was published on Lulu. Her next two picture books, Sh, Sh, Sh Let the Baby Sleep, and Trouble on Earth Day were released in 2011.  Visit her book blog at


Judy Haughton-James said...

This sounds like a very interesting book. It is good that there are books like this that encourage children to help protect the environment. Congratulations on being featured on the GET CONNECTED TUESDAY BLOG HOP. My best wishes to you and have a great Tuesday.

The Gypsy Mom said...

This sounds like such a cute book! It is a very important subject to teach our children, not only the importance of recycling, but how important it is to upcyle! My kids love to read,I'm looking forward to finding this book and reading it with my kids. Thank you for sharing your review.
New follower from the Tuesday Blog Hop!

The Gypsy Mom

mamawolfe said...

Thanks for writing this sweet review! My kids are teens now, but I used to LOVE to read picture books to them!
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Peace, Love and Savings said...

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Nikki@EverythingUndertheMoon said...

New follower! Stopping by from the blog hop! Come by and give us a visit :)

Renee said...

New follower! Stopping by from the GET CONNECTED TUESDAY BLOG HOP!


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Lacey said...

Hi Pam! This book looks like it might be a good stocking stuffer for one of my kids. They always get lots of books from Santa.

I wanted to let you know that I passed the Versatile Blogger award on to you. Stop by my blog to "pick it up!"


Pam said...

Thanks everyone for the follows and comments. Special thanks to Lacey for the Versatile Blogger award! I'm touched! I will go visit!

Tee-iabo Designs said...

This sounds like its a great book for kids to learn about helping to preserve the earth.

I too have jumped on the "Go Green" bandwagon with a friend of my mine who lives in Canada. She owns her own Green business sponsored by "Shakelee" I designed "Bee-ing Green" t-shirts for her to wear at the booth a few months ago. They were a big hit & still are. Thinking about putting them on display for sale in a little boutique store where I live. You can check them out @ in the toddlers/children's section pg 2.

Sonya M. Jones

Tee-iabo Designs

Tee-iabo Designs said...

Oops! Almost forgot to add that I was hopping by from on the Facebook blog hop & I am now following you.

Sonya M. Jones

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kathy stemke said...

Thank you, Pam, for your well thought out and detailed review of my book "Trouble on Earth Day."

Thanks for the kind comments from your new followers as well.

Let's go green!!

Athomewithabby said...

Great Book Review! Just a heads up, I awarded you a Versatile blogger award. Head to my blog at Mommy Moments with Abby to see it! Great blog!

Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

I love the teaching aspect of your books, Kathy, and it won't be long before I'll be able to buy them for my new grandson!

Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Celebrating the launch of the 2nd edtion of The Frugal Book Promoter with tons of bonuses from the likes of Dan Poynter,

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