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The Down-to-Earth Guide To Global Warming

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  98 ratings  ·  29 reviews
From the producer of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH comes a powerful, kid-friendly, and engaging book that will get kids get interested in the environment!

Irreverent and entertaining, DOWN TO EARTH is filled with fact about global warming and its disastrous consequences, loads of photos and illustrations, as well as suggestions for how kids can help combat global warming in their h
Paperback, 128 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Orchard Books (first published 2007)
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Mar 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
I read this with some school-mom friends in preparation for Earth Day at our elementary school. I often appreciate non-fiction books aimed at young and middle-school age kids as the information is condensed, cuts to the chase, which can be a nice alternative to reading through paragraphs of extensive detail. Though global warming is a heavy, complex topic, the authors present the many aspects of it with easy-to-read graphs, engaging cartoons, relevant statistics, and captivating photographs (of ...more
Andi M.
Apr 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A breathtakingly wonderful book about global warming. While this book is marketed to children, it was incredibly informative for this adult. Could not recommend this one more.
May 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Go Green Everybody! Some of this stuff is really interesting, not to mention destructive.
Jun 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Great book for those who want to teach children about taking care of the earth.It's also a great book for any adult wanting to find out more on the facts of global warming.
Diana V.
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Genre: General Nonfictional - Informational Book
Lexile level: 1000-1090 L (Grade Equivalent 7.6) Middle School Grades

Organization: “The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming” is organized in four chapters: 1. It’s Getting Hot in Here, 2. Weird, Wacky Weather 3. Extinction Stinks, and 4. What You Can Do to Stop Global Warming. As a whole, each chapter is filled with scientific facts about global warming and its disastrous consequences.

Unique Features: Relevant and entertaining, “The Down-to-Ea
Graham Lazar
Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Written by the producer of the seminal 2007 documentary film, "An Inconvenient Truth," this text has positioned itself as a go-to late elementary informational resource for children and classroom teachers on what is likely the defining challenge of our time. The text is structured around 4 Chapters: "It's Getting Hot in Here" (causes of Global Warming), "Weird Wacky Weather" (effects of Global Warming), "Extinction Strikes" (effects of Global Warming), and finally "What You Can Do" (a call to ac ...more
Mar 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is a good introduction to the topic of Global Warming, aimed at elementary aged readers. It's very eye catching, with plenty of color graphics--which are printed using soy-based ink on recycled paper. Each of the concepts, from the specific chemistry, to the causes, to the solutions, are explained in funny and easy to understand metaphors. There were a couple of areas I wish could have been fleshed out a bit more. For instance, Ethanol and Flex Fuel vehicles are presented as a great alterna ...more
Mao Mao
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Global warming is a big problem with plants and animals. It causes hurricanes that are more fierce, more floods, more droughts, and more whacky weather. It causes northern creatures to move toward the North Pole, and southern creatures to move toward the South Pole. But where will creatures that already live near the north and south poles go? The answer is to die. A lot of animals are pushed to extinction because of global warming. So what can you do? You can use only skin bags when you go to th ...more
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a good book for introducing children to the ideas behind why scientists think global warming is happening and the results of this shift in global temperatures. The jokes and images will help to keep children drawn in. Although there were a few parts where I wished a little extra was added (i.e. some additional comments on natural climate change vs. human-caused; including numbers on a laughable line graph that apparently shows causality), most of the book provides just enough to give rea ...more
Samantha Howard
This is a non-fiction book about global warming. Depending on the depth of lesson and teacher involvement, this book can be used for 2nd graders up to 4th graders. It is an informational text because it’s primary goal is to be a source of information to the reader. This book can be used in a science class, as a part of a unit about human’s impact on the Earth. However, it is important to note that this subject can be controversial, so it will be important for me to present the proven facts on th ...more
Abby Johnson
Dec 16, 2007 rated it liked it
Although I've read reviews that criticize one of the charts in this book as being inaccurate, I still think this book provides an accessible information on global warming for kids. The authors include many colorful photographs and pictures to illustrate their point. They discuss issues with global warming that are certain to be of interest to kids, such as animals going extinct and ways that kids can help combat global warming. Sidebars add interesting facts to accompany the text. A list of reco ...more
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is a perfect balance of facts and content that will keep you interested. I'm not a big fan of science, but this book made me really concerned about global warming. It has a very good effect on people. This book is great for teaching kids about the dangers our planet faces without scaring them about it. But it also educates them so that they can make a difference in the future. I recommend this to anyone who wants to learn more about climate change and to young readers(elementary age) w ...more
Vanessa Peavy
Apr 22, 2012 rated it liked it
This would be a good book to use for Earth Day lessons. This is a good non-fiction book for students in younger grades as well as middle grades. This book reads a little differently from other non-fiction books, in the sense that it's not extensive, rather straightforward. It is very kid friendly and a fun read about a topic that is so controversial.

Todd Freer
Jul 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
Chapters include:
1. It's getting hot in here
2. Weird, Wacky Weather
3. Extinction Stinks
4. What You Can Do to Stop Global Warming

Jobs are convenient and can be done individually or as a groups (family, classroom, etc.) though they are intended for kids to read, comprehend, and act on.
This was a 2 CD set. I am interested in Global Warming but this just couldn't hold my attention. I tried and tried. Anyway, I didn't finish the first CD. May try again but won't knock myself out to do so.
Mar 01, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: science
I learned a lot about global warming and how we can stop it. I learned what a carbon footprint is (and what it is not). What it is not is when you stick your foot in a bucket of oil and step on a white rug.
Apr 06, 2011 rated it liked it
This book uses a lot of "jokes" to try to appeal to its young readers, but those tend to make it hard for my students. Still, since the content is good, I may use excerpts with my tenth and eleventh graders when we study climate change and alternative energy.
Jun 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All Children, Teachers, Parents
I love this book because it addresses such an important topic and it is geared towards children. The format is fun and enticing for kids of all ages. My 3rd/4th graders enjoyed reading it and applying it to our studies in class.
Nicole Carter
Aug 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book is a very good book for kids and it gives you a simple understanding of global warming. The layout of the book is also very creative, and it is printed on 100% recycled paper!
This book was detailed,well illistrated and explained.I know understand the cinseot and consiquences if global warming.
Barbara Atlas
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
It's all so sad.
Jen Johnson
Smart and spot on. Kids will enjoy learning where their earth is turing!
704Mei Luan
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Quite informative if you ask me.
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May 14, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: sciences-2009
So far, so good. A great way for kids to learn about global warming. Sorta funny, too.
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Laurie David is a media savvy powerhouse. She founded the Stop Global Warming Virtual March, produced the Academy Award-winning documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, and launched the Stop Global Warming College Tour with Sheryl Crow. She’s been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Today, and Good Morning America; is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, and is author of The Down-to-Earth Guid ...more