Eartha Gets Well

Children - Grade K-3rd
30 Pages
Reviewed on 12/08/2012
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Author Biography

Kristi Jacques Falk is the founder and executive director of The Wellness Council for South Carolina. Kristi, a resident near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is passionate about the positive effects “true wellness” has on the lives of children and adults in South Carolina.

Diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at the age of twelve, Kristi has searched for a healthy path for her life. In 2000, she owned and operated Abundant Life Whole Foods Market in Conway, South Carolina, where her knowledge of healthy lifestyles expanded and was put to good use. After a couple of years, she realized that she needed to reach a larger audience and organized the Alternative Healthcare Expo, which later became The Wellness Expo of Myrtle Beach. In 2006, Kristi founded The Wellness Council for South Carolina with a goal of educating and improving the lives of citizens throughout the state.

Dr. Daniel A. Falk serves as president of the Board of Directors for The Wellness Council for South Carolina. A resident near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Dr. Falk’s enthusiasm for helping people can be seen each day in his chiropractic practice. He not only treats patients, but educates the public to live active, healthy, and happy lives. Dr. Falk brings this enthusiasm to The Wellness Council to help it achieve the mission of improving the health of all of South Carolina.

Their first children’s book,Eartha Gets Well, , puts the message of being healthy and protecting the Earth into easy to read language.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Gayani Hathurusingha for Readers' Favorite

The children's story "Eartha Gets Well" by Kristi Falk and Dr. Daniel Falk is woven around a little girl named Eartha whose name signifies a generalization to represent kids all over the Earth. In an age where the health and well-being of kids has become a top concern and one of the major challenges in the lives of parents, this story can also function as an instruction manual for them. The writers discuss three issues within the story. The first deals with Earth's derision of vegetables, despite the fact that they are crucial for her healthy growth. The issue is addressed with a bit of the supernatural, but not at all unbelievable in the creative imagination of a child. The next section deals with the need for exercise in a healthy life. Deviating from the previous structure, the writers make Eartha's puppy, Cooper, the protagonist here. It is a sure way of kindling the interest of a child. Cooper's sickness is due to the lack of exercise and the problem is solved in a very practical way. The final section of the story deals with a much wider environmental issue. The writers portray environmental pollution and the adverse impact of it on vegetation, through the eyes of Eartha.

The capacity of the writers to address the creative imagination of children through these stories is commendable. The book maintains a conversational narrative style and the writing is extremely readable in the eyes of a child. If the colorful illustrations are not mentioned, it would be a severe lapse in the review. They are clear, focused and didactic. Any child exposed to this book will quickly add Eartha and Cooper to their world of friends.