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05/10/2013

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Janna

State stereotypes - love this conversation! My sister lives in Georgia & we live in Oregon, so it comes up a lot :)

My favorite thing about Oregon - all the trees, mountains, lakes, farmland, ocean, rivers, waterfalls and high desert. I think it's the absolute most gorgeous place ever. If you like doing anything outdoors, Oregon is paradise!

As far as stereotypes - When I went to work in Albany, NY for a summer, whenever anyone heard I was from Oregon, they always brought up one of two things - Oh, you're a hippy/pothead or Oh, you're a farmer. No, I'm not, but actually, yes, there are a lot of hippies/pot smokers and a lot of farmers here. In fact, most of the my closest friends and family fall into one of those categories, so it's definitely a stereotype for a reason.

This is a lovely tribute to New Jersey. I have never been there and actually know nothing about the state, except for the most important thing ever - BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN!!!!!!!!!!! How could you not include that? I'm going to go listen to Thunder Road and give you time to update your post...

Kate

Although I make my home in Pennsylvania now, I am originally from Westfield, NJ. I love Princeton and Spring Lake. The only thing I don't like about NJ is the property taxes!!

Kate

Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com

LOL, Janna, I thought of Bruce, but to tell you the truth, my hubby is the Springsteen fan in this house! I'm more of an alternative music girl. Very funny about Portland stereotypes--I didn't know about the hippies/pot smokers, but I do know it is absolutely gorgeous (even though I've never been there). If you don't already know about it, there is a lovely Portland blog called Posie Gets Cozy (not just about Portland, but she often features outdoor photos of Portland and vicinity). It's one of my faves!

Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com

I'm with you, Kate. They are STEEP!

Donna


I love the south Jersey shore towns;however,the drivers are much more anxious to mow down pedestrians there than anywhere else I've been, with the exception of Boston.

Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com

They must be the people driving down from New York, right, Donna? ;)

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Green Books for Children

  • Igor Siwanowicz: Animals Up Close

    Igor Siwanowicz: Animals Up Close
    See review under Green Books, 11/12/2012

  • Helen Frost: Step Gently Out

    Helen Frost: Step Gently Out
    For commentary, see "Savoring the Last of Summer" post in Nature & Wildlife.

  • Leo Lionni: Frederick [English Edition]

    Leo Lionni: Frederick [English Edition]
    For commentary, see "Savoring the Last of Summer" post in Nature & Wildlife.

  • Terry Allan Hicks: Why Do Leaves Change Color? (Tell Me Why, Tell Me How)

    Terry Allan Hicks: Why Do Leaves Change Color? (Tell Me Why, Tell Me How)
    For commentary, see "Appreciating Autumn" post in Nature & Wildlife.

  • Betsy Maestro: Why Do Leaves Change Color? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science, Stage 2)

    Betsy Maestro: Why Do Leaves Change Color? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science, Stage 2)
    For commentary, see "Appreciating Autumn" post in Nature & Wildlife.

  • Alison Inches: I Can Save the Earth!: One Little Monster Learns to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle (Little Green Books)

    Alison Inches: I Can Save the Earth!: One Little Monster Learns to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle (Little Green Books)
    "One little monster learns to reduce, reuse, and recycle." That's all good, of course, but my own children laugh out loud every time they read how Max the Little Monster (before his attitude adjustment) clogs up the toilet with too much toilet paper, yelling "Hungry Toilet!" Kids...they just love the potty humor. Made from 100% recycled paper.

  • Julia Rawlinson: Fletcher and the Falling Leaves

    Julia Rawlinson: Fletcher and the Falling Leaves
    This book is incredibly sweet. A sensitive, little fox named Fletcher cannot understand what is happening to his beloved tree at the onset of autumn, and he tries everything in his power to keep the leaves on the tree. When he wakes up one winter morning to find his tree covered in dazzlingly beautiful snow crystals, it chokes me up every time. Although it's not about saving the earth, the book is a lovely tribute to nature and its seasons.

  • Diane Muldrow: We Planted a Tree

    Diane Muldrow: We Planted a Tree
    I love how this relatively new book (published in 2010) is charmingly illustrated in the same style as those Little Golden Books from the 1960's. In simple prose, the book explains what happens when you plant a tree and watch it grow, while enjoying the benefits of fruit, shade, budding flowers, and cleaner air.

  • Dr. Seuss: The Lorax (Classic Seuss)

    Dr. Seuss: The Lorax (Classic Seuss)
    This book is a classic for a reason. As I was reading it for the first time to my children, I could see the shock and sadness on their faces when the very first Truffula Tree was chopped down. Unlike the progression of The Curious Garden (see below), things just keep getting worse--all in the name of "progress." It ends with a powerful message: "UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." Great for generating conversations with young children about caring for and protecting natural resources. Printed on recycled paper.

  • Peter Brown: The Curious Garden

    Peter Brown: The Curious Garden
    First, I have to admit it: As a mom, I'm *slightly* bothered that a little boy is walking around a creepy city all by himself, and "stumbles upon a dark stairwell" which he decides to head up. However, this book is simply magical, so I'll chalk it up to "willing suspension of disbelief" and let it go. With each page, as Liam grows from a novice gardener into a Green Thumb Extraordinaire, the dreary city in which everybody stays inside becomes a green utopia that everybody enjoys. Liam helps the whole city to bloom, and changes the mindsets of its citizens, simply by taking the first steps and sticking to his mission--without any preaching whatsoever. My favorite parts are the multiple spreads with no words at all, which depict how the gray, dirty city is growing greener and cleaner with the passage of time, thanks to our hero. Printed on recycled paper.

Green Books for Adults