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Publishers Weekly Review
Eco-activist David, a producer of the documentary An Inconvenient Truth, and former copywriter Gordon pool their energies in this upbeat and articulate book. The authors estimate that 1.2 billion kids between the ages of eight and sixteen live on Earth, each contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. "Your carbon footprint comes from normal, everyday activities like using your computer, turning on the light in your bedroom, taking a bath (heating water uses energy!), and riding in a bus or car to school." But rather than play the blame game, the book examines the climate crisis and recommends taking action by recycling, carpooling, starting "no-waste" policies in cafeterias (watch those juice boxes) and monitoring the efficiency of home and school appliances-things a young reader can do right away. Kid-friendly analogies, surprising statistics and punchy sidebars enable readers to reflect on scientific evidence. David and Gordon compare oceans to "carbon sponges," the atmosphere to a jam-packed "bedroom closet" and forests and soils to a "piggy bank" that stores carbon dioxide. Dynamic layouts and abundant illustrations and photos enliven the passionate words-lush, full-bleed photographs emphasize the high stakes by portraying both the splendor of the natural world and the devastating effects of climate change. Printed in soy ink on recycled paper, this engaging and accessible guide, ideal as a gift or book-club option, inspires commitment to the planet. Ages 8-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
School Library Journal Review
Gr 4-6-Children learn how to reduce global warming and are empowered to live responsibly in this book (Orchard, pap. 2007) by Laurie David, the producer of Al Gore's documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, and Cambria Gordon. Much of the book describes the effects of global warming by explaining how our behavior affects the world's animals and habitats, including examples such as the melting ice caps, weather changes, and the need for some animals to flee their habits. Scientific explanations for these phenomena are provided. The authors also offer suggestions on what can be done to conserve energy and manage resources as well as how individuals can fight back against this global crisis. Make sure that the book is available so that listeners can peruse the photos, illustrations, and charts. The narration is clear and easy to follow. The disks have track numbers for the beginning of each chapter, so teachers can select specific topics for classroom use.-Ann Elders, Mark Twain Elementary School, Federal Way, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Environmental activist and producer of the Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth, David, along with coauthor Gordon, put forth the basics on global warming, climate change, and how readers can green up the environment. They temper the book's often troubling subject matter with kid-friendly humor, some celebrity shout-outs, and explanations of the scientific underpinnings. An amply illustrated layout, featuring attention-grabbing sidebars, dramatic photos, and diagrams, will sustain reader interest. A good jumping-off point for further research, this title presents an accessible argument for the link between fossil fuels and global warming, while clearly showing the effect climate change has on the planet's weather patterns, animals, and ecosystems. The final section of the book, perhaps the best part, suggests practical ways people can reduce their carbon footprint and how even simple efforts can achieve considerable results. A glimpse at exciting developments in alternative fuel and energy technologies and youth initiatives round out the wide-ranging text. Appended materials include a glossary, lists of additional resources, extensive source notes, and an index.--McKulski, Kristen Copyright 2007 Booklist
Horn Book Review
(Intermediate) Addressing three points -- what global warming is, how it affects the earth and its inhabitants, and what action kids (and adults) can take to halt its progression -- authors David and Gordon speak plainly and clearly to their young audience using kid-friendly metaphors (such as comparing the earth's capacity to absorb carbon dioxide to a human's ability to eat an entire pizza). The layout makes use of color, various fonts, photographs, line drawings, charts, and maps not only to convey information but also to emphasize important points. Recommended actions (metaphorically linked to cleaning up your room) are feasible: write your mayor and ask him or her to sign the Mayors Climate Protection Agreement (sample letter as well as a website to search for mayors included); turn off surge protectors at the end of the day; or get your parents to buy paper goods made from thirty percent or more post-consumer waste. Solid documentation is appended along with a glossary, suggestions for further reading, recommended Internet sites, and an index. From HORN BOOK, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Kirkus Book Review
Hot on the heels of the rewritten-for-children version of An Inconvenient Truth, the film's producer and a former advertising copywriter offer another clearly written explanation of this hot topic. Four well-organized sections define the issue and give examples of consequences in the physical world, extinctions in the animal world and what young people can do. A humorous tone, eye-catching graphics and celebrity connections lend pizzazz to this volume, but there is plenty of substance, too. They go into more detail about the problem, introducing new concepts like albedo, ocean stratification and carbon footprint, and describe more consequences including the disappearance of national park attractions and changes in one's own backyard. The section on actions includes discussion of school and household changes, political actions, automobiles and even careers. The excellent backmatter provides documentation and a variety of resources for further research. This takes up where Gore's title leaves off, and schools and libraries will want multiple copies of both. (authors' note with new news, glossary, suggestions for reading and websites, source notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-16) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.