Monday, December 29, 2008

Book review of "The Legend of Ninja Cowboy Bear" (and a giveaway!)

When I first heard about the title of our today's book, I thought to myself 'wow, that's an interesting combo'. After reading the book it's looks like there isn't nothing more natural in the world than a friendship of a ninja, cowboy and a bear.

Yes, the book we review today is
"The Legend of Ninja Cowboy Bear" by David Bruins (author) and Hilary Leung (illustrator).

Firstly, few words on our collaboration with the author, David Bruins. As you can see from the photo of the cover of the book to your right, our logo is part of the cover, which means that for every copy printed of "The Legend of Ninja Cowboy Bear", a tree is planted with Eco-Libris. The book by the way is printed with vegetable-based ink on 30% recycled paper, by a FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified printer.

And now to the story. "The Legend of Ninja Cowboy Bear" is an illustrated children's story described as "a story about three friends (a ninja, a cowboy and a bear) who discover an important truth about equality, diversity and how to appreciate one another's unique traits".

I found it a great story about friendship and the way different characters can be friends. I believe the use of ninja, bear and a cowboy as the characters actually help kids to understand the way the idea behind the story and to identify with the way they act within the story.

The story has many lessons for kids and first and foremost is the idea that diversity is a good thing and can benefit us all if we approach it positively and from with the right approach.

This is all heavy stuff especially for kids and therefore it's a pleasure to see the way David Bruins and Hilary Leung are handling it and making this a fun story. The beautiful pictures of Leung together with Bruins' prose work together to capture children's attention, spark their imagination, and put a smile on their face.

The book also invites you (even if you're a grown up) to play the game Ninja Cowboy Bear, which is similar to to one you probably already know - rock, papers, scissors. The big difference is how you play it.. You can also play it online via the book's website.

Book details:
Book's name: The Legend of Ninja Cowboy Bear
Author: David Bruins
David Bruins spends most of his days as a computer programmer. However, he'd much rather spend his time riding his bicycle, playing guitar, or coming up with stories and telling them to anyone who will listen.
Illustrator: Hilary Leung
Hilary Leung is a designer by day, illustrator by night and ultimate player on weekends. Having spent the last five years pursuing other dreams, he is happy to return to his first true love - drawing.
Publication Date: November 2008
The book is available on: the book's website and on a long list of bookstores in Ontario
Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ninja-Cowboy-Bear/40018109739

GIVEAWAY ALERT!!!
Author David Bruins is giving away a copy of the book, and of course it comes with a tree that will be planted for the copy!

How you can win? please add a comment below with an answer the following question: A new year is beginning this week (yes, 2009..) - what's your green resolution for the new year? Submissions are accepted until Sunday, January 4, 12PM EST. The winner will be announced the following day.

52 comments:

Jenna said...

I am going to use reusable shopping bags at all stores this year. I also just purchased a kleen kanteen so I can reuse my water bottle. Thanks!

tom said...

Work with my suppliers to eliminate unnecessary packaging from products purchased from them. Require any supplier that says tehy are "Green" to prove it!

Kristie said...

I'm hoping to recycle more and get all our lightbulbs switched to the energy star ones as the old ones burn out.

khmorgan_00 [at] yahoo [dot] com

JamericanSpice said...

My green resolutions is getting rid of those plastic shopping bags! I have about 9 reusable bags already , thanks to my MIL's help and I'm so excited!

gahome2mom said...

We plan to use more rechargeable batteries to eliminate more batteries being tossed out in the trash everytime my childs battery operated toys give out. :) Thanks for the giveaway. Happy New Year!

Naomi said...

I heard a rumor that more efficient curbside recycling will be available in our town so we will be doing MUCH more recycling, thank goodness.


This book looks amazing!

Melanie said...

My mom and I are planning to expand the compost corner of our farm, and start collecting kitchen and yard scraps from my mom's city-dwelling non-composting coworkers. As an added incentive, they will get fresh veggies from our big garden if they fill our buckets and bring them to work every week instead of throwing all those valuable bits in the garbage!

melaniesands[at]yahoo[dot]ca

Juicebox.mom said...

I'm finally going to take all my plastic grocery bags that I've been saving to the recycling center, and starting in 2009 only use reusable canvas grocery bags.

MJ said...

I teach kindergarten. It's never too early to instill in my students the advantages of being green! I vow to show them every day by...using as few paper towels as possible - carrying my galls to the lunchroom instead of using the styrofoam cups etc.

Stacie said...

No more plastic bags when I go out shopping and am going to compost and use in my garden!

windycindy said...

Happy New Year! Last year, our family made a commitment to become more green and hopefully, we have made a good start. We plan on adding even more environmental friendly life changes. One thing for this year is to do away with plastic bags completely! Please enter me in your drawing for such a delightful giveaway drawing. Many thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

veggiesamosa said...

I have a few green resolutions. One of them is to start only using environmentally healthy cleaning products around my house. Using no harsh chemicals will benefit not only our planet, but also our health.
Thanks

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

well we are doing the bag thing, and have really pushed recycling and reducing what we can if possible. Its really hard but it takes time and alot of thought. We repurpose alot of things

Hey_Mommy said...

My new year's green resolution is to drive less, walk more! Looks like a darling book! THanks for the give-away.

Hey_Mommy said...

I plan on walking more, driving less! Thanks for teh give-away!

Mama Zen said...

My family plans to walk more and drive less. We are also trying to continue using our old things rather than buying something new.

Amanda said...

The book sounds cute! We are trying to recycle more in the house and use reuseable bags instead of plastic ones. My husband also rides his bike to work 2 out of 4 days.

mandee220(at)aol(dot)com

Rick Neuman said...

My wife and I have a green goal for 2009... With the birth of our first child in just a few weeks, we plan to take advantage of reuseable cloth diapers.

All the best to everybody in 2009!

Bender House said...

I will be using reusable bags when I go shopping, so no more plastic ones. Also, I am making cloth diapers to use on our baby due next month. Thanks for the chance to win!

gkstratos said...

I'm nixing plastic water bottles.
gkstratos@yahoo.com

Mary Avinger said...

We are planning on building a compost pile this year. Also, I need to try to remember to take my reusable grocery bags to the store. Thanks for the giveaway.

Misty said...

Reusable shopping bags!
mommy2skie@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

walking more places instead of driving.
zerskat@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

getting energy efficiant appliances.
mommypeets@aol.com

Alice H said...

I resolve to recycle more - the city doesn't pick up recycled things here so its hard, but I feel so bad every time I through away a can etc. Thanks for the chance! alicedemske at hotmail.com

Stacy said...

We are going to try to compost much more.

hetz-junk(at)hotmail(dot)com

valerie2350 said...

using tote bags all the time :)

Gina said...

By the end of this month, we will have started a compost pile! We take out the trash entirely too much in this house.

reg8w@aol.com

Jen said...

Out resolution is to get others committed to using reusable shopping bags. We gave them as gifts as Christmas as an incentive. I used mine this morning!

Thanks! firrkids(at)gmail.com

Corina said...

we plan to start using reusuable shopping bags and not use the disposable shopping bags at the store.
Also, to not use disposable cups, plates and utensils unless absolutely necessary.
and also switch over all my lightbulbs to the energy efficient funny looking ones :)
great giveaway!

judybrittle said...

My plan is to do more of what we have already been doing. More green
cleaning products,replace energy efficient bulbs with same when they go out,continue to use cloth bags at grocery store and recycle recycle recycle. Thank you so much!

rockle said...

my green resolution this year is to replace all my "existing" cleaning products with natural or reusable alternatives. i've started in the kicthen already and am gradually going to make my way through the whole house.

rockle.roo@gmail.com

shaunwallner said...

My resolution is to walk the streets more picking up trash.

angieplays said...

My plan for 2009 is to recycle more items and use bamboo flooring when replacing my old floors this year.

angieplays4fun at gmail dot com

Becky said...

2008 was my first year of trying to go green. I switch all of our lightbulbs and started using tote bags for the grocery store. This year I am going to check into purchasing a hybrid vehicle. We are in need of a new car and hubby and I decided to go as green as possible with it.

Thanks so much!

- Marybeth I. said...

remember to use my resusable totes! Also, try to create more of my own green cleansers for the home

Lucky said...

I received reusable shopping bags for Christmas - with a carabiner to hold them together in my car and hooked to the grocery cart.

Leah said...

There is something magical in planting a seed. Nourish it with water, sunlight and love and this seed grows into something earthy, delectable and delicious! That's why I am so inspired in 2009 to plant more fruits, veggies, plants, trees and flowers in my garden and inspire other beings in my community to do the same whether it's in their backyard or a community garden (http://communitygarden.org/index.php). I can only imagine more joy, peace, beauty and cleaner air with so many seeds coming to fruition in this world and wouldn't that make for such an amazingly eco~friendly 2009! : )))

Thanks so much for this fabulous give~away! : )))

leahita[at]gmail[dot]com

Brooke said...

My green resolution is to only buy meat and chicken products that are grass fed, free range etc.,

christin said...

we are switching to reusable water bottles and canvas shopping bags as our first step:) thanks!
christinbanda@yahoo.com

Christine said...

I am going to walk to work instead of driving
citygirlcountryworld@gmail.com

Christine said...

I am going to walk to work instead of drive
citygirlcountryworld@gmail.com

Helen S said...

I'm going to start using tote bags for groceries and other things instead of plastic and paper.

calgirl said...

I am riding my bike more and leaving my car at home. I am also buying more organic foods.

travelingwithbaby said...

i resolve to reuse grocery bags by keeping a few stocked in my vehicle so i won't forget when i go to the store!

Ginny said...

I'm working on recycling even more. We already do a lot, but our area just added a bunch of things. Now working on the habit of recycling those new to us items!

Julie D said...

I am going to remember to bring my re-usuable bags when I go shopping. And refill my water bottles.

Tracey said...

We're adding more attic insulation to help conserve electricity.

Thanks.

traceys[at]suddenlink[dot]net

April T. said...

i bought reusable grocery bags for myself, mom and sisters this Christmas, and We're also in the process of switching all of our cleaning products to eco-friendly versions.

RoyalCheryl said...

I am going to collect Christmas Trees, and take them where they will put them in a chipper and make chips for the nearby School playgrounds.

Wehaf said...

I'm taking mass transit to work!

urchiken at gmail dot com

Reusable Sandwich Bags said...

I should make a change now by using a better alternative of those plastic bags. That's why I am looking now for more reusable bags.