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Energy Island: How One Community Harnessed the Wind and Changed Their World

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Hold onto your hats! It's windy on the Danish island of Samso. Meet the environmentally friendly people who now proudly call their home Energy Island.

At a time when most countries are producing ever-increasing amounts of CO2, the rather ordinary citizens of Samsø have accomplished something extraordinary--in just ten years they have reduced their carbon emissio
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Heather Pool
This book appeals to all genders and although there are a lot of facts on the sides of some pages, I think this could be for ages first through fifth. It is a story about a windy Danish island and how they became known as energy island. This book is about conserving and how one person can make a big difference on conserving natural resources. There are facts on the sides of some of the pages to explain some terms further for example the term wind energy and how it works. For younger elementary s ...more
Sarah Suffridge
Energy Island is a great informational text on a community in Denmark that changes the use of energy in their Island. This book would be great for a 3rd grade classroom, but could really work anywhere. The story is true, and talks about an Island that becomes independent of nonrenewable energy. The Island in this story is very windy, and the leader of this movements decides to utilize the wind to their advantage as a source of energy. The community also uses biomass and solar power to lead in en ...more
Megan McCloud
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I hope one day more of the world could be like this!
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
A small island community in Denmark determines to become more energy-efficient by using the one resource they have in abundance--wind. Lead by schoolteacher Soren Hermansen, they begin by setting up windmills and then move on to other energy saving measures, such as riding a bike instead of driving a car, and putting up solar panels. I especially liked two things about this book. First, it presented some of the objections the grownups had when first presented with the idea of saving energy. Seco ...more
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
Audience: Primary grades, but the older ages. Children who are curious about how things work and how to make the planet better. Also students who like to get more in-depth information than a normal book would give.
Appeal: it gives great in-depth information for the curious reader. The pictures really help to explain things that students might not quickly understand.
School Library Journal Best Books 2011: Nonfiction

Benjamin Franklin from PebbleGo
With cartoonish illustrations, this book tells the story of how one small island in Denmark slowly adopted a sustainable lifestyle. It explains the efforts of one leader as well as the efforts of an entire community to make such a dream become a reality. While this story is told in a friendly and familiar tone suitable for younger children, there are several pages with sidebars explaining different concepts about energy in more typical, formal nonfiction language. Concepts covered include energy ...more
Kris Patrick
How can you not love a book where the peoples' names are Soren, Jorgen, Ole, Mogens,?? Jens, and Petra, Ingvar
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classroom, edr-320
Informational; most suitable for grades 2-5.

This is an awesome book that explains how a small island in the middle of Denmark harnessed the wind to create renewable energy. I love this book because it shows how huge ideas (such as attaining renewable energy) often come from ordinary people. "Energy Island" explains how a school teacher and his students are the one's who came up with this idea, and I believe that this is a message that every student should hear-- We can all be visionaries! We ca
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hold onto your hats! It's windy on the Danish island of Samso. Meet the environmentally friendly people who now proudly call their home Energy Island.

At a time when most countries are producing ever-increasing amounts of CO2, the rather ordinary citizens of Samsø have accomplished something extraordinary--in just ten years they have reduced their carbon emissions by 140% and become almost completely energy independent. A narrative tale and a science book in one, this inspiring true s
Becky B
The story of how one island in Denmark switched to using only renewable energy sources.

Isn't it curious how we humans don't want to be put out of our routine, even for a better change, unless we're forced to? That's pretty much what happened on this island. The citizens have been informed of how they could change, many people agreed that moving to sustainable energy sources would be good, but few people did anything about it until a bad storm cut off their nonrenewable energy sources
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, kids
I thought this was a very approachable story about renewable energy. The story was about and island in Denmark that transitioned to renewable energies over the course of several years. The story itself is enjoyable with fun illustrations. The sidebars are great too, packed with good information about renewable and nonrenewable resources, CO2 emissions, Global Warming, and Climate Change. I will definitely use this book in my classroom when I teach energy.
Alix Hawk
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Genre: Informational
Grade Level: 3-6
This book is different than any other informational text I've seen- it combines a true narrative combined with straight traditional informational text. I think this would be an awesome book to read with the class to talk about renewable resources and their realistic possibilities, as well as what they can do to help the planet.
Kim Huls
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Children's Picture Books/Informational - Most appropriate for grades 3-5

This is a really interesting informational book about a city in Denmark that utilizes renewable energy. This would be great for a science integration in the classroom. It has a fun feel to it but also includes some really helpful information about renewable energy.
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Love the message in this book as well as the illustration. Early readers will enjoy the story, but it is a book that will need explanation. This is an excellent STEM book and includes sidebar information about technical and scientific components of the book.
Amber Gerrits
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This informational book was perfect for grades 3-5, and could be used when doing a science unit about energy and sustainability! A unique feature of this book is that there is a green stripe at the edge of some of the pages, and this includes information about sustainability and renewable energy!
Lisa Bonack
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Energy Island is an inspiring true story about an island in Denmark which generates all its own energy, mostly from wind, but other sources, too. The story covers how this came to be and the sidebars introduce more detailed information about energy.
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! I had never known about this island before and would love to share it someday with my students. All about renewable energy and working together.
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good and interesting
Miss Sarah
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great picture book with nonfiction accompanments about how one island learned to provide their own power instead of relying on non reneweable sources. Elementary and up
Wendi Lee
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-oct-2018
A short, sweet, and interesting overview of Samso, an island in Denmark with renewable energy. Read for the Battle of the Books.
Jane G Meyer
One of those picture books that is a one-time-read, but awfully inspiring. Of course, now my son wants us to build a giant wind turbine in our backyard. Maybe we will!
Esther May
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book about how people came together to solve real problems. It makes me think about small things that I can do, and even bigger things too.
Kyja Wilburn
Sep 09, 2019 rated it liked it
A nice illustration of social change in one community.
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good explanation of the gradual process of changing to green energy through one community's experience. Appealingly told by keeping the human angle to the fore; informative.
Ms Threlkeld
Aug 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Good resource packed with interesting information, but fairly text-heavy and not written in a way that will hold a lot of kids’ attention. Might be better as an independent read.
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent! Perfect for my upcoming PYP unit on how our personal choices affect the environment.
Samantha  DuPree
Sep 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: dupree-goodreads
“Energy Island” by Allan Drummond is about the island of Samso in Denmark. Samso is an island with a town like any other except that it’s very windy there. Samso has become famous for how they use energy but before that, they used lots of energy in their heaters, cars, lights, and hot water. Then a teacher named Soren Hermansen came to the island because it was selected by the Danish Ministry of Environment and Energy as the ideal place in Denmark to become independent of nonrenewable energy. So ...more
Jim Erekson
Sep 24, 2013 rated it liked it
So I would actually refer to this kind of book as a kind of journalism, maybe reportage. The material covered in the story was not found on the most easily accessed internet material, so Drummond has a slice of current information that one would have to piece together with research even if it was available on the internet. Drummond clearly used journalistic techniques, interviewing and fact-checking with local residents of Samsø, Denmark, including teacher Søren Hermansen. The book gathers many aspects of ...more
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
Audience: Primary
Genre: Non-Fiction, Informational
A fiction twin text that I would use with this book is called, "Miss Fox's Class Goes Green" by Eileen Spinelli. The reason that I chose this book is because the "Energy Island" book describes the importance of conserving energy and explains some ways that energy can be used less. "Miss Fox's Class Goes Green" extends from this book because it not only talks about how to conserve energy to help the earth, but it also talks about how
Megan Craig
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Audience: Primary
Genre: Informational
Fiction Twin-text: The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

Energy Island is a book about the island of Samso in Denmark. A teacher, Soren Hermansen from Samso, wanted so badly that the island use renewable resources to power the island instead of needing oil tankers and electricity from the mainland. He tried for years to not only convince the people on the island that renewable resources would be great for them, but to make sure that the people followe
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