Harpist’s Book Teaches Children How to Love Mother Earth

Celebrate Earth Day Sunday, April 22, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. on Classical 101.(Photo: FlyingSinger (Flickr))
Celebrate Earth Day Sunday, April 22, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. on Classical 101.(Photo: FlyingSinger (Flickr))

Enter Classical 101′s drawing to win a copy of Yolanda Kondonassis’ Our House Is Round: A Kid’s Book About Why Protecting Our Earth Matters. Instructions below. Deadline: Tuesday, 24 April at noon.

The classical music world knows Grammy-nominated harpist Yolanda Kondonassis for her sparkling and fluid sound. Now, just in time for Earth Day this Sunday, April 22, Kondonassis is trying to teach kids the importance of protecting the environment.

Kondonassis is the author of Our House Is Round: A Kid’s Book About Why Protecting Our Earth Matters (Sky Pony Press, $16.95), which covers everything from how pollution happens to the Greenhouse Effect and what to do about it. Her straightforward prose gets right to the problem of our “messy” environment without nagging, harping (no pun intended) or scaring the reader into earth-friendliness. Joan Brush’s brightly colored illustrations show kids in every possible relationship to the earth and its environment – reading on a park bench, admiring clouds in the sky, weathering a thunderstorm, sitting on a hill overlooking a factory, paddling a canoe on a lake – and are as eye catching in their own right as they are narratively effective.

Join me this Sunday for a musical celebration of Earth Day, featuring works that honor the flora and fauna of our planet – and enter our drawing to win a copy of Our House Is Round: A Kid’s Book About Why Protecting Our Earth Matters. To enter the drawing, no later than Tuesday, April 24 at noon send an e-mail with the subject line’ “Earth Day” to classical101@wosu.org. The winner will be notified by e-mail.

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