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Eco Kids Planet

Eco Kids Planet

Spring 2016 Magazines
Ages: 7 - 11 yrs.
Newsstand Price: $5.00
Subscription Price: $46.00 / 11 Issues

Eco Kids Planet feels less like a magazine and more like a series of activity books. Each issue of the advertising-free publication focuses on a different biome: sample issues included the African Savannah, the African Congo Rainforest, the Eastern Himalayas, and India. The heavy-duty pages (made from environmentally-friendly paper and inks) are meant to be read, saved, and re-read. The magazine focuses on both the animals and the land they inhabit. Many articles are styled as interviews or clips from notebooks, making them easy to read at a glance and not so overwhelming for elementary school readers. Each issue features craft projects, puzzles, and science activities. Its UK origins give the magazine a decidedly British slant (for example, an animal referred to its own "Mum" and the size of the Congo rainforest was compared to the land mass of the British Isles) and add to the cost of the subscription for US-based readers, but as the material is of international interest, Eco Kids Planet would be an excellent resource for homeschool unit studies or a school science classroom.

Emily Crawford   ©2016 Parents' Choice
Emily holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and a Master's in computer engineering from Georgia Tech. She is a homeschooling parent and lives with her husband, three children, five cats, and thousands of LEGOs in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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