New children’s book “Gob the Gnome™: The Gnome and the Seedlings” by Marilyn Slaughter, Ed.D., is released, a magical story that teaches kids about nature, the environment, and the importance of trees

February 26 19:20 2024
New children’s book "Gob the Gnome™: The Gnome and the Seedlings" by Marilyn Slaughter, Ed.D., is released, a magical story that teaches kids about nature, the environment, and the importance of trees

“Gob the Gnome™: The Gnome and the Seedlings” by Marilyn Slaughter, Ed.D., illustrated by Angie Neha, has been released worldwide. This vibrant, 69-page children’s book tells the story of young siblings Nathan and Iris as they hike through Sunbrook Forest National Park – and the truly magical experience they have there.

This delightful story uses a mythical character to educate young readers about life in the forest and shows that the world outside is just as fascinating as the world on a screen. 

After their mom finds the children watching videos on their tablets, she decides not to waste a beautiful day and the family sets off for an outdoor adventure. Nathan and Iris are a bit resistant at first, but quickly find themselves enthralled by the plants and animals around them in the sprawling park. Despite their mother’s warnings to stay close, the brother and sister run ahead and soon encounter a strange little man who reveals himself to be a gnome named Gob. 

Gob teaches the kids all about seeds, trees, roots, and the cycles of nature. Nathan, Iris, and Gob plant apple trees, and with the help of a little gnome magic, sprout them into seedlings. Just as Mommy catches up, Gob disappears without a trace. Overjoyed with their new friend and fascinated by the seedlings, the kids ask if they can return to the park to watch the trees grow. 

With brightly colored illustrations, interesting characters, and an impactful message about loving nature, this first book of the forthcoming Gob the Gnome™ series is both entertaining and educational. It also includes a glossary of terms at the end to help young readers build their vocabulary. 

Inspired by her background in teaching, her love of the outdoors, and an understanding that science can be overwhelming and exhausting for kids, Marilyn Slaughter, Ed.D., set out to make the subject matter engaging through a whimsical, mystical character that captures attention and delivers information in a fun way.

Gob the Gnome™: The Gnome and the Seedlings (ISBN: 9781960142832) can be purchased through retailers worldwide, including Barnes and Noble and Amazon. The hardcover retails for $33.99 and the ebook retails for $9.99. Review copies and interviews are available upon request.

From the back cover:

Gob the Gnome™

This short story is about a mother wanting balance for her children. She wants her children to spend more time outdoors exercising and having fun. One weekend she encourages her children to stop playing video games and streaming movies while sitting on the couch and spend more time at the local national park. While at the park, the children, Nathan and Iris, meet a mythical and magical gnome named Gob. Gob the Gnome™ explains to the children what his role is at the national park and how to plant seeds and grow trees. Since the 1400s folklore has described gnomes as guardians of treasure and the protectors of Earth. Gnomes represent stability, growth, and good luck. The six books in this series all revolve around a gnome, the protector of a local forest, who becomes friends with Nathan and Iris and helps to educate them on the importance of caring for the environment. About the author:”Marilyn Slaughter is an educator with experience teaching second through fifth grades, middle school science, and social studies. She now spends time authoring books for children and adults for engagement, learning, and entertainment. Marilyn’s first six books are a set with the theme of children, with their families enjoying the outdoors; and with teachers and classmates learning about the environment. The children are introduced to a magical and mythical being in the forest and they work to save the local forest. Her goal is to provide a fun read with an entertaining way for children to learn about science.”

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