By Megan Kelley
Teaching children about environmental issues is incredibly important, but it can also be pretty darn difficult. When some folks from Tennessee realized there weren't any good resources to educate kids about mountaintop-removal coal mining (which threatens the land and communities in the region), they decided to make their own. Here's a few excerpts from their story.
The story begins by introducing the narrator: Lone
Lone Mountain discusses a typical day in its life. Birds chirp, children play in the streams, a father and daughter go hunting together, and a grandmother and grandson gather mushrooms to eat.
Then, the story takes a turn ...
But the people who loved and relied upon Lone Mountain are not quick to give in. They gather together to discuss how to save the mountain.
Want to read the rest? Check out the links below for how to get a copy of your very own.
This fantastic and beautiful children's book is being made by the Lone Mountain Book Project (they have a website and a Facebook page that could use some lovin'). It was written and illustrated by Saro Lynch-Thomason, and we've posted it here with her permission. You can get your own copy of the book — or just support the project — on their fundraising page.