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Giggles the Green Bean Book: A Green Bean with a Purpose
Giggles the Green Bean, a new series of books designed to teach children up to 8 years old to be green and healthy.
The first book in the series, Giggles the Green Bean Turns Stinkytown into Greentown, is now available. In keeping with the series’ environmental message, a portion of proceeds will be donated to the U.S. Forest Service Plant-A-Tree Program.
Written by Portland-based author Lauren Davis and illustrated by artist Michael Vincent Fusco, Giggles the Green Bean, published by New Year Publishing, is a series of fun, whimsical stories starring Giggles, a talking green bean who wants to make the world a better place. The series teaches kids important green concepts and skills—including recycling, water conservation, and energy conservation—using tangible, real-world examples that even the series’ youngest readers will be able to adopt.
In Giggles the Green Bean Turns Stinkytown into Greentown, the cheerful and conscientious protagonist vows to return his polluted town to the lush paradise his grandmother recalls. He turns to a wise old cabbage to learn about conservation, promising to share his newly acquired knowledge with Stinkytown’s other residents. Taking a mind/body/soul approach to being green, later books in the Giggles the Green Bean series will teach topics such as healthy eating and staying physically active, in addition to environmental responsibility.
“Being green means doing all the little things you can to make a difference,” says Davis, whose inspiration for Giggles the Green Bean was drawn from her brother’s environmental activism. “In the books, Giggles has a responsibility to share what he learns about being green with others. My hope is that children who read these books will not only learn how to lead green lifestyles themselves, but like Giggles will also share these concepts with friends and family.”
Giggles the Green Bean Turns Stinkytown into Greentown can be purchased from the official website, as well as from Amazon and other online bookstores.
While supplies last, customers who buy the book from the official website will receive complimentary seed packets, stickers, and other goodies.
The website also features free downloadable coloring pages and puzzle activity sheets that reinforce concepts taught by the books. Future Giggles the Green Bean books will be released in 2010.
2nd Book: Giggles the Green Bean Grows a Rainbow
Music CD on being green and healthy
Audio Book for Giggles the Green Bean Turns Stinkytown Into Greentown
About the Author
Inspired by her brother’s environmental activism, Lauren Davis became keenly aware that children need to learn how to make a difference in keeping the environment clean. She created Giggles the Green Bean to teach children the basics of living a green lifestyle in fun and colorful ways. Davis has long been involved with children, with experience that includes work as a camp counselor and a pre-school teacher. A former leadership development executive, Davis currently lives in Portland.
Visit the Giggles the Green Bean website to learn more about Lauren Davis and the book.
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