Environmental podcast interview about children’s books and films.
It’s been a while since I’ve had my good friend and fellow podcaster Tash (from My Home Planet) on the show, so I thought I’d bring her on to discuss a very old book that is new to me and a film that I absolutely love, that is now 10 years old, which I can’t quite believe! Both are still completely relevant. We normally meet in person for these chats but this time we had to have a virtual cup of tea together instead.
We end up chatting about Generation Z and their demands for businesses to be more transparent and sustainable and how ultimately that should give us all hope that we can halt this destructive path that we’re on.
The film and children’s book Tash and I talk about are . . .
WALL·E is a 2008 award winning film by Pixar Animation Studios for Walt Disney Pictures.
I absolutely love this film! WALL·E is an adorable garbage collecting robot, the sole inhabitant of earth, apart from his little cockroach friend, left to clean up earth whilst the humans, who have abandoned it, live on a space cruise liner. The humans are fat blobby creatures sat in floating arm chairs with screens right in front of their faces, unaware of earth or even of each other.
It’s a brilliant film, even more relevant today than it was 10 years ago. It allows children to see the destruction that can happen from garbage, caused by having too many things and that humans need to care about earth and each other. It’s not at all dark or depressing. Just thought-provoking, as much for us as it is for children.
The Giving Tree is an American children’s picture book written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein. First published in 1964.
This book has been described as one of the most decisive children’s books in history and I think that’s why you either a love it or hate it. A story of unconditional love on the side of the tree and take, take, take on the side of the boy.
It’s a good book to teach children about how mother nature keeps on giving even if all we are doing is taking and leads you on to discuss whether that is fair or right and whether it can go on indefinitely.
Have you read the Giving Tree with your children? We’d love to hear what they thought about it and the discussions you had together after reading it. Let us know in the comments below.
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