Children’s Book Review: Jimmy’s Gone Green

Jimmy’s Gone Green: How to Take Care of the Earth and Keep the Environment Clean (A Ten-Step Guide for Kids) is a terrific way to introduce children as young as 6-years-old to simple steps for living a more eco-friendly way of life. This award-winning book, written by Kathy Cane, is part of a larger kit that also includes a poster, “green challenge” wristbands and a fun refrigerator magnet, all to help serve as reminders for kids about the mission to go green. Jimmy, the book’s narrator, is actually green (in color) who shares 10 steps for going green, definitions to bigger related words (think “pollution” or “environment”) and ideas about how kids can actually make changes on their own. He offers typical suggestions like recycling at home and turning off the water when you brush your teeth (he says, “a dripping faucet can waste 20 gallons of water a day!”). At our house, we already take great strides toward greener living efforts, yet one of the best reasons we loved reading Jimmy’s Gone Green is that it offers some fresh ideas too, and it isn’t just the same old, same old common green tips. It’s an ideal choice for both newbies and existing greenies. Jimmy shares interesting facts too, which for my children, ages 7 and 9, that is one of the coolest parts of the book.

“If you stay in the shower for five minutes instead of fifteen minutes, you’ll save 25 gallons of water each time you shower!”

jimmy1 Shorter showers mean saving water, and saving water is one of the easiest ways to be green. This particular tip was the one that really seemed to stand out to my kids the most (both of whom love to linger in the shower and often need reminders to stop lollygagging!) Yet, Jimmy doesn’t just give facts and numbers, he also shares ideas about HOW kids can make a difference. “If you turn off the lights when you leave a room, you’ll save energy! It takes a lot of energy to light a room.”  Then he follows that tip with a suggestion on HOW to save energy, like opening the blinds or curtains in a room to let in natural light instead of wasting energy by turning on a light. Jimmy’s Gone Green: How to Take Care of the Earth and Keep the Environment Clean (A Ten-Step Guide for Kids) is available on

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