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Green Mama: Giving Your Child a Healthy Start and a Greener Future Paperback – Illustrated, June 14 2014

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  • Paperback : 184 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1459722957
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1459722958
  • Dimensions : 17.78 x 1.27 x 25.4 cm
  • Item Weight : 1 g
  • Publisher : Dundurn; Illustrated edition (June 14 2014)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9 ratings

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A newborn child is the result and expression of an act of love and within this beautiful book that love never ceases. Green Mama connects Motherhood and Mother Earth with a brilliant array of wisdom, learnings and facts that protect the life of the newborn. Transforming the environment children are raised in transforms Manda’s world of child rearing to a creation, not a chore, a childhood (and parenthood) of happiness, freedom, joy, and intelligence. (Paul Hawken, author, Blessed Unrest)

Like gallons of maple sap condensed into one spoonful of sweet syrup, the Green Mama researched deep and wide and then distilled her information down into exactly what new parents need to know to keep their children safe and healthy. And its not what you might think! It is certainly not what advertisers tell us. But its what we all need to know to give the children we love what they deserve, served up with sass. (Carrie Saxifrage author of The Big Swim)

“Manda Aufochs Gillespie has been a “green mama” since before it was “de rigeur” to be so. What sets her new book apart is that her wisdom is based not only on sound research, but on practical real-life experience – the kind where money and time are of the essence! You’ll find Canadian (as well as US) resources and information and plenty of advice for families who want to go green, but don’t have a ton of money to spend.” (EcoParent Magazine)


"This practical guide-book is a very important (and beautiful) read for today's parents." (Nancy Mellon, author of Body Eloquence)

"I love the #GreenMamaBook - growing greener families and businesses through research-based support." (Dr. Heidi Lescanec, ND)

"It's such a great book, I only wish it had been around when I was pregnant with my son." (Jenn Ballmann, publisher of "Not Starving Yet" blog)

"The Green Mama is an enjoyable read, backed up by serious research, and laid out in a way that makes its contents very actionable. Whether you're prepared for big steps or small steps, Manda offers healthy changes you can make today for yourself, your offspring, and the environment." (Rick Havlak)

In a time where the world puts more and more focus on interconnectedness, we cannot help but reflect on our own respective fields and see how one affects the other. In my field of education, you start to realize that your student’s success is not solely dependent on the ability or amount of effort invested, but also, nutrition, exposure to media, amount of play, etc. It is easy for many to say upon giving advice, even when asked by parents, to hear, “oh, but you aren’t a mom.” Or perhaps, “You don’t have kids. You can’t understand.” The Green Mama provides a mother’s consciousness, backed with studies and solutions for the future. Perhaps many readers are intrigued by the mere interest of their own children, but my interest is in the well being of a classroom full of children. I rely on this information and the sharing of these perspectives in order to create a healthier me, a healthier classroom and healthier solutions and advice for parents. Thank you Green Mama, you truly are amazing! (Julia Fillingame, artist and teacher)

Green Mama is guaranteed to inspire even the most reluctant, overwhelmed moms and dads. Manda's hands-on, research-backed advice makes greening your home, food, play and baby bums not only doable, but also affordable and genuinely empowering. I'll definitely be buying copies of this book for all the new parents and parents-to-be in my life!" (Adria Vasil, bestselling author of Ecoholic, Ecoholic Home & Ecoholic Body)

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5.0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent parenting book
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5.0 out of 5 stars The MUST HAVE for all parents of young ones.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The very BEST of it's gendre
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