Here are the first pages of my book Our Home, The Earth!
This book is dedicated to
If you teach a child to care for the Earth
you ARE changing the world.
So thank you.
Special thanks go to Samantha Cole and Corey Hawkins
for their photographic contributions.
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Copyright © 2012 by Korinn S. Hawkins
No part of this publication can be reproduced without the
prior permission of the author.
Contact the author at KorinnSHawkins@gmail.com
Our Home, The Earth
By Korinn S. Hawkins
It was a brightly lit and beautiful day on planet Earth, and the sky was that perfect shade of blue that you cannot find in a crayon. The birds were singing and the squirrels were chasing around in the park where Gavin and his mother were taking his sister, Marin, for a stroll.
Oh, happy day. Oh, happy, happy, happy day.
They smiled, and they laughed, and they walked, until, that is, they came upon a plastic bag lying abandoned in the grass!
“Ewww,” Mom said. “Oh, how sad. How very, very sad, sad, sad.” She shook her head.
“What, Mom? What’s wrong? What is that?” Gavin asked.
“Oh, Gavin, that’s someone’s garbage.”
“Why?” he asked.
“Well, garbage is what’s left over when people use something. It’s the unwanted part, the waste, and somebody must have left it there.”
“Ewww,” Gavin said with a crinkle-nosed face.
“But it needs to always be put in a garbage can and never just thrown out on the Earth,” she cautioned.
“Why?” Gavin asked.
You see, Gavin is five, and he quite likes to ask the question, “Why?” So you may just be hearing a lot of that word in this book. And as for his mother, well, she’s doing her best at answering his questions in a way that he will understand, as every parent does when a child asks, “Why?” And usually she would try to answer him in such a way that the “Why?” questions would stop, as most parents do, but not this time. Nope, this is a special question…
Mom invited Gavin to sit with her in the grass and have a drink of water and a box of raisins as his sister napped in the stroller. And, just to remind you, the question was, “Why is it so important to always take care of our garbage and never just leave it lying around anywhere on the Earth?”
And so the story continues…
Gavin’s mom began telling him all that she felt he needed to know. “Gavin, this is our Earth,” she said as she laid her hands in the cool grass and pressed her palms into the ground. “This is our one and only home.”
“Why?” Gavin asked curiously.
“Well, just as we have our home that Daddy, and Sister, and you, and I live in, and that house is special to us, we also live in an even bigger home. One that we share with everyone and everything, and that home is called Earth.”
The story continues from here…
… inspiring an awareness of how to care for the Earth, why it is important, and why children are so important to the Earth as they are able to lend a hand in helping the Earth to be healthy and heal, for the well-being of all. It is my hope for you to delight in sharing this book with the children that you are blessed to lay an impression on. We all want the same thing; a happy healthy world. This book adds to the collective effort that we all make and inspires future generations to do the same.
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