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I think that lots of kids would like it. Mom says: Spartan and the Green Egg was a wonderful book full of adventure and beautiful illustrations! I felt myself completely drawn into the story as Spartan and his friends set of into the unknown. Spartan, his three friends, and his dog, Grimm, travel the Universe.

This is an amazing book for kids! I loved that the story was Native in origin as well. It had amazing messages and being Native ourselves it was really special to us! We loved learning about the Amazonians and their traditions and we talked about how similar they were and how different from our own people. The ending was superb as well and we laughed at the loggers as they were so scared and wished it could happen in real life! You have written such a wonderful and inspiring book Nabila! One of the greatest kids books one the shelf! My six year old and I read this together.

She was really enamoured with the maps. In fact, it took us three tries to sit down and actually read the book because she just wanted to look at the maps and find all of the fun little treasures in them. Once we finally made it past the decorations to the actual book itself she loved the full-color comic book styling and I have to agree with her. It gave the book a little something different. The environmental themes are ones we've all heard before, but My six year old and I read this together.

The environmental themes are ones we've all heard before, but I particularly appreciated the clarity with which replenishment was addressed. The reader is not only reminded that we humanity need to replace every tree we cut down, but that we need to replace them with the same or similar trees. Otherwise we'll just end up with a planet full of scrub pines.

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It did fail to address the loss of mature forests and the effect this has on those who live in and around the jungle, but I suppose only so much can be presented in a children's book. I found the little bit of education about Amazonian culture to be interesting. I was a tad concerned that the pictures appeared to be fairly pan-indian, even if the text wasn't. But my daughter didn't notice. Of course not all readers with be 6, but I found the book a bit long for a six year-old's attention span.

The mental transcendentalism in the beginning also went way over her head. She kind of glazed over during that part of the book, but came back strong once the Amazon appeared and cheered for the children's accomplishments at the end. As an adult I found it all a little abrupt, but it obviously worked on a child's level. She's also spent hours just looking at the pictures to find new details in the forest scenes. Oh, and I want that tree house!! All-in-all, the book would make a good addition to most children's libraries.

Note: I was provided a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. This was a terrific book. The premise of the children Explorers using their imagination and having it take them to some great places is terrific. I also love that the story has a message - a global message even.

Protect what you use and replace what you take. The illustrations are masterful and colorful. The style is that of a comic book type flow and perhaps that is the feature I most strongly like.

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My son has special needs and it is often difficult to get him to try to read. But he loves co This was a terrific book. But he loves comic books. This book grabbed his attention right away - as soon as I opened it. The rule is he can have books after I review them but this one couldn't wait - I had to "wait my turn".

This was the first Spartan book but there is already a second one and another on the way. I would love to continue to follow the explorers on their adventures and see what other imaginative trips they take and what they can change in the world. I give this book 5 stars and will be following Nabila for future editions. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I received this book for review purpose, trying to read a graphic novel to your kids I find a little tricky. The story is about Spartan and his friends.

They go on an adventure to a rain forest and discover and learn wonderful things. Kinda reminds me of the show "Little Einsteins" The artwork is a cutesy anime very colorful, and the whole book is made from recycled papers. Good for childrens beginning in graphic novel reading. Oct 22, Susan rated it liked it. The illustrations were wonderful. Story line was easy to follow for the kids.

It would have been nice to see the children be more hands on involved with solving the issue. I would be clear with children when reading that this story is fantasy with a good environmental theme. I thought this book was great. The colors are really bold and bright. I like that it reads like a comic book because who doesn't like a good comic.

Nabila takes readers on an adventure but also teaches something on the way which I found informative. Oct 31, Meshell rated it liked it Shelves: first-reads. Won thanks to Goodreads! Good book, my nephew loved it. Fun, colourful and imaginative a must read for those who have children who are just starting to read. Oct 02, Peter Broughton rated it really liked it. This book is a graphic novel aimed at children and possibly early teens.

It's the story of a group of friends who through the power of their minds, make contact with an alien on a distant planet. He sends a green egg to them which is both a massively technologically advanced spaceship, but also his means of communicating with the group of friends from his home world. The group of friends then set off on their first adventure inside the green egg. On this occasion, they visit the Amazonian rainfo This book is a graphic novel aimed at children and possibly early teens. On this occasion, they visit the Amazonian rainforest. First of all me and my preferences.

I'm mid 30's. I have 1 child for now although he's still crawling so not ready for this yet. I'm not a massive reader which I'm well aware is weird for this site. However I do really enjoy graphic novels and I do read those pretty often. I didn't read the book with a child so it's a review from an adult male perspective. I enjoyed the book. It took around 30 minutes I'm not the quickest to read the whole thing. Usually the first story in a series can suffer due to explaining how the characters say gained the superpowers or in this case, made contact with the alien being.

I didn't feel that with this book. By page 15, the characters have made contact, got in the ship and they're off on their adventure! The book is educational in that it relates to the reader why trees are important "we breathe in what the trees breathe out and the trees breathe in what we breathe out" and then the characters learn about replacing the trees that are cut down and that you need to do it with the same type of trees. Plus once more the why behind it.

I liked this as it felt less like preaching as the why was explained at a basic level. For what is in real life a massively complex issue I think a basic level is probably the best you could do for kids. The antagonists aren't painted too black and it is explained why they do the thing they're doing to provide a reasonably balanced viewpoint. I really like the illustrations throughout. They're bright, colourful and fun. Neither too realistic or too cartooney.

Great for kids or adults. I didn't find many downsides personally. I wasn't sure that referring to Amazonian Tribespeople as "Indians" was exactly politically correct. Although nowadays we can go a bit OTT with that sort of thing. Also, food appears to be highly abundant for the tribespeople too which I'm not sure is accurate, but as I've never met them, what do I know? Plus, having them starving in a kids book would be very depressing and possibly even distressing so again a minor issue. The book did feel a little abrupt in it's ending for me, but I think a child would be happy with it.

It certainly let the book open for the further adventures of the characters. Plus to be fair, I did feel like I want to read them as they become available. There's a good chance I will buy future adventures. A compliment in itself. I'd be happy for my son to read it when he gets to the right level.

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It's bright, positive educational and would encourage him to care about the environment. So in summary, a bright colourful amd fun story, with a positive and educational message about the environemt. All in all pretty good. I'm happy to recommend it. I was provided a copy for free in return for my honest review as part of Goodreads First Reads. Oct 24, Vermicious Knids rated it liked it Shelves: first-reads , reviewed. When I first pulled this book out and showed it to my son who is in first grade, he danced around, wanted to look at it and promised he would hurry and do his homework.

He thoroughly enjoyed the book so I seriously considered rating this 5 stars for his review. This book is a graphic novel about four kids, a dog and an alien egg that travel to the Amazon rain forest. The book teaches some beginning science and ecology concepts. If your kids like The Magic School Bus series mine does they probab When I first pulled this book out and showed it to my son who is in first grade, he danced around, wanted to look at it and promised he would hurry and do his homework.

Bright, eye-popping color in vivid jewel tones. It will get your kids attention - it sure got mine. In the front cover, there is a world map, with the Amazon Jungle high-lighted. We paused here first to review the continents and the setting for the story. Great idea, that. Boys and girls are in this story and there are kids of color. My son is adopted he calls himself brown, I am pink and his father peach and he said about the character Max also my son's name "he is brown like me. The book is both imaginative and informative, a feature I adore.

Yeah, figure the odds an alien egg is flying kids off to the Amazon, but Mrs. Frizzle's school bus is not any less unlikely. The 'brain' of the group talks about the symbiotic relationship between trees and humans. The children meet some Amazon natives, who are dismayed about the fracturing of this relationship because of the logging. The book gives some description about why the logging is taking place and the kids, with the help of the alien, who poses as an ancient spirit, fix the problem by replanting trees.

The story is simplified, yes, but it correlates for the age group being addressed. It doesn't demonize or judge, just keeps it to the facts, with a dash of magic of course. My 1st grader is a little young to read this on his own, so we read it together and spoke of some of the issues addressed in this book. The buckskin-type clothes and the chief with his full war bonnet didn't ring true. I googled South American native costumes and DID find a picture of an Amazon male wearing something very similar, but there are some slight differences. Of course,there is some artistic license to consider because some of the some feathers worn are rainbow colored, but I think if they are going to represent the natives of the Amazon, the depiction should be genuine.

A tribe name would have been nice instead of just 'Indians. Read it with your child and it gives you an opportunity to review some science. We will look forward to the next installment of the series. I would recommend it for grade school children. Oct 24, Lucinda rated it liked it. This book in the form of a brightly colored, eye-catching graphic novel this easy-to-read story will appeal to the younger reader in addition to those being introduced to reading for pleasure.

I feel strongly that it is incredibly important to encourage children to read, as it broadens their imaginations by introducing them to the wonders of the written word.

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This brilliant book does just that by transporting you to tropical paradises and breathtaking places, which are filled with the extraordinary and the alien. With a clear environmental message this enlightening tale will illuminate and inspire many youngsters, therefore it is something that I would recommend to primary schools too. Spartan and the green egg is an adventure that takes you to the heart of the Rainforest, wherein you will experience an amazing journey filled with new discoveries and learn important facts.

Author Nabila Khashoggi has created something that is not only visually appealing and attractive to look at on the shelf and while reading, but most significantly of all a story containing thought-provoking inner meaning and noteworthy connotation. It is the environmental and political messages that really stands-out within such an original book, being the main element that would make this book appeal greatly to adults and parents. The genius concept of the space-changing and time-travelling green egg in addition to the powerful green spirit was just brilliant.

Beautifully bound and published this delightful book is one that I can see flying off the shelves and which leaves me hoping that Spartan and his friends will have many more adventures! I am very impressed by this satisfying story for 6 year olds yr old target readership I would say , and so I would recommend it to the young child reader without hesitation.

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Once we finally made it past the decorations to the actual book itself she loved the full-color comic book styling and I have to agree with her. It gave the book a little something different. The reader is not only reminded that we humanity need to replace every tree we cut down, but that we need to replace them with the same or similar trees.