Oklahoma City native pens kids’ environmental book

If our kids are going to inherit the earth, might as well start preparing them to take care of it. That’s the thought behind “Into the Trees,” a new children’s book by Oklahoma City native Mike Aaron, founder of the New Jersey-based online environmental products outlet GreenSender.com.

Aaron will read from and sign copies of the book at 10:15 a.m. Saturday at Full Circle Bookstore, 1900 Northwest Expressway in 50 Penn Place.

Illustrated by “Baby Einstein” artist Nadeem Zaidi, the book depicts a day outside between a father and son, enjoying nature. Simple lessons impart how to respect the great outdoors.

“We all have some responsibility to get started and make some green practices as part of our everyday routine,” Aaron said. “(The book has) the intent of engaging with a lighter touch and not saying, ‘All right, we gotta fix all this tomorrow.'”

By directing this message toward young, developing minds, he hopes the planet will be better off in the future.

“My personal belief is that those who know the natural world are likely the best caretakers of it,” he said. “I think it’s important that children in particular ” but all of us ” get out and experience the natural world and have some level of intimacy with it. You’ve gotta know it to love it.”

According to Aaron, newborns to 3-year-olds comprise the ideal audience for “Into the Trees.”

“Once you get up there to 4 or 5, there might not be enough explosions or superheroes in it,” he said.

For more information, call 842-2900.

“Rod Lott 

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