"It's All Shiny and There's No Pollution": Barbapapa's ark, environmental influences

Virginia Lowe

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The environmental picture book Barbapapa s Ark was published in 1974. I was keeping a parent-observer record of my two children at the time. The book had a strong influence on them from ages three to six, moving them to query pollution and hunting, in book and environment, and as adults, becoming committed activists for the environment. Young children are routinely underestimated. Learning about the environment and conservation can begin well before formal education.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225 - 238
Number of pages14
JournalChildren's Literature in Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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