Vangelis Eleftheriou hooks children’s attention with an irresistible invitation. His simple texts and tempting illustrations urge them to experience the delights of nature at first hand and to care for the environment. A boy on the seashore responds to the call to jump into the water. There, in a world of blue, are sea creatures large and small, boats and shells and even a mermaid. On land, the world of green attracts him to fields and flowers, trees and birds. Each books has a set of activities to further and consolidate the message. There’s matching and numbering and counting, as well as tasks that require some research. Readers need to find out which insects produce honey, what turtles do when they are afraid and when daisies bloom. Other activities ask them to name species of trees and birds and make objects from shells, pebbles and leaves.
(Ithaca Online, www.ekebi.gr)