Monday, May 12, 2014

Review: Go Green! A Family Guide to a Sustainable Lifestyle by From Disney's Mickey & Friends Collection

The first in a new brand series, Go Green! is not only a guide for families to take steps towards transforming their lives to live a healthier, greener and more sustainable lifestyle, it also explains sustainability in a simple and fun way, putting the concept into perspective for children and families by showing easy and fun ways of making sustainable choices. Jam-packed with fun facts, tips and unique green activities, Go Green! takes readers through detailed green practices that include: understanding your ecological footprints; the three R’s of sustainability (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle); creating seasonal crafts; the importance of eating locally; how to grow your own organic garden; and so much more. Further, the book explains that adopting a sustainable lifestyle will not happen overnight. It starts with one step, then another, and another. The important thing is to remember that you are on your way, no matter how slow the journey feels, or how difficult the steps. Go Green! breaks down this complicated process into easy-to-achieve individual steps for the whole family.
Lots of people have started getting into the green movement, but for young kids and families who are just thinking about going green, this book may be worth a look.

In Go Green! A Family Guide to a Sustainable Lifestyle, kids learn not just about reusing, reducing and recycling, but also how to live in a manner that supports your new sustainable lifestyle and your relationship with others in your community.

I had expected the book to really just focus on the basics of green living, namely the three Rs of reduce, reuse and recycle, plus the other things mentioned in the summary. The inclusion of the sections on connecting with others and being physically active was unexpected. I think it's good for kids to read up on things like that although I'm not sure they were 100% necessary to this book.

The book did include a lot of things that I did like, such as healthier alternative to cooking ingredients, how to create your own watercolors using berries and plants, arts and crafts activities for every season, and a list of plants that grow well in containers.

There were also environmental trivia, plenty of tips for recycling or reducing waste, suggestions for what you can do with old materials, information on farming and composting, as well as a few recipes to try.

Overall, the book was very thorough, although I think some kids may find the long blocks of text a bit boring.

As for Mickey and the rest of his friends, I was expecting their cartoon versions but what appeared in the book were sort of 3D, computer-generated versions. Personally, I prefer the cartoon versions, but most kids probably won't mind.

Thanks to NetGalley and Edda USA for the e-copy.


  1. There are plenty of useful information.
  2. The trivia are new and interesting.
  3. There are plenty of activities and tips to try.


  1. Some kids may find the book to be boring. 

What did the snowman say to
the other snowman?
Can you smell carrots?

  1. Your child is interested in going green.
  2. You're interested in your family going green.
  3. Your child is a fan of Mickey and his friends. 



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