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Published:June 10th, 2011 16:38 EST

Judyth Piazza chats with Artie Knapp, Author of Living Green: A Turtle's Quest for a Cleaner Planet

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)

Artie Knapp is the author of many published works for young readers. A frequent contributor to the Detroit Free Press` Yak`s Corner, his children`s literature has been featured in over 100 publications across the world. Artie finds inspiration for writing from the woods behind his home. A lot of the characters he writes about are there everyday and frequently stop by to say hello. He likes that. Artie is a member of The Society of Children`s Book Writers and Illustrators, and graduated from Ohio University. He lives in Ohio with his wife and daughter.

Brightly colored illustrations featuring large, expressive characters (animal and human) invite closer examination. Young readers will explore the pages trying to identify potentially hazardous litter (plastic rings, sharp metal lids) cleverly depicted in the illustrations.  Knapp delivers a compelling message about determination and the power of an individual`s actions while raising readers` awareness of environmental issues and skillfully incorporates information about carbon footprints, recycling and ecofriendly solutions.  Students (preschool through 3rd grade) will root for Thurman and be motivated to take action to protect our planet.  A thought provoking tale sure to inspire budding environmentalists and a wonderful read aloud for Earth Day.                              

This delightful story follows a young turtle named Thurman as he leaves his family to put an end to pollution. Thurman is determined to find a solution after trash and litter thrown from a car ruin his sister`s wedding. Spurred to take action, Thurman goes on an adventure and along the way comes across a science teacher who is teaching her class about the environment. This charming story, complete with wonderful full-page illustrations is sure to teach kid`s about their own responsibility when it comes to protecting their environment. The relatable characters and colorful illustrations will spark children`s imaginations to see what they can do to help the planet. 

Kids are great ambassadors for the environment and Living Green makes the issue of human impact on the planet even more real through a brave, animal hero, Thurman, who literally risks his neck for earth.                                                 

Brandie Weikle, Editor of the Toronto Star`s parenting website,

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