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Not Your Typical Book About the Environment
We live in a time of heightened environmental awareness, and this knowledge is creating a generation of children with feelings of eco-anxiety — the world is doomed, isn't it? Maybe not. Not Your Typical Book about the Environment allays kids’ fears by showing how all is not lost. Young readers learn about the remarkable time they live in: smart technologies, innovative ide ...more
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published March 16th 2010 by Owlkids Books
(first published 2010)
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“You’re not nature’s bogeyman. You are nature.” This eco-friendly book endorsed by Jane Goodall breaks away from the pack in its hopeful yet still realistic message about the environment. Through engaging exposition, fanciful illustrations, and thoughtful comic strips, the author explains how all living beings on the planet are interconnected, and how their actions affect each other. Complex and at time controversial issues are addressed thoroughly and objectively, with still plenty of chuckles ...more
May 22, 2011 Mary Ann rated it it was amazing
Our students are very interested in the environment, but they also want to know what they can do to make a difference. At our school, we've been having monthly "Make a Difference" days this year, which the kids have found very motivating. A book I've found fascinating is Elin Kelsey's Not Your Typical Book About the Environment, which explores environmental topics with a real slant to how kids can make decisions that affect the environment. I especially like the upbeat tone - Kelsey's message em ...more
So interesting, and a real twist on all the downer books about the environment. This one offers lots of intriguing facts you've probably never heard before, and cartoonish illustrations that add humor to the text, all in a nicely digestibly sized book. All in all it leaves you feeling hopeful and motivated rather than depressed and doomed.
Mar 25, 2010 Kate Hastings rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Grades 4-8, ecology, nonfiction
Rather than doom and gloom statistics, this book strives to educate children about the unseen impacts of consumption-- how much does that new t-shirt "really" cost? Fun graphics and sidebars keep this book of big ideas upbeat and interesting to read. Grades 4-8.
A rather nice book that provides facts about the environment and the ways we can make a difference without being a doom and gloom sort of thing. This book is for older kids, even though the cover art may look a bit younger. It is well-organized and well-presented and I learned quite a bit.
Jul 18, 2017 Christine rated it really liked it
This book absolutely lives up to its title. Instead of total doom and gloom, it focuses on practical steps kids (and adults!) can take and prioritizing our actions for the most impact. It also covers a lot of science, innovation, and creativity in research and projects happening around the world. This is a fairly dense book that I found both informative and inspiring.