Living Green Juvenile Nonfiction Nonfiction Helen by P-Bearport


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									Living Green
Earth in Danger

Author: Helen Orme

Age Group: 7-12

From hybrid cars to energy-efficient light bulbs, the green movement has generated interest in lifestyle
changes that help preserve and protect the environment. Living Green pairs easy-to-read text with vibrant
photos to engage kids as they explore ways to maintain our natural resources for future generations. A
section in the back of the book will inspire young environmentalists by suggesting ways they can help
protect their planet.

Each of the first 20 pages of each book features a large photo on a full spread, with related text next to or
superimposed on the striking visual. Smaller photos, maps, and text boxes add information, but since the
topic changes with every page turn, coverage is necessarily basic and simplified. For example, Energy
talks about "clean" coal, wind, wave, solar, and nuclear power, plus biomass, "one of the best renewable
energy sources for the future." The final pages in the volumes appear aimed at the older age range, with
smaller, denser, colored type presenting case studies, offering suggestions for action, and providing
additional background and facts. The introductory overview would work with small groups, while better
readers could delve deeper into a topic by concentrating on the remaining pages.

The Earth in Danger series of easy-to-read, 32-page books is a valuable resource for teachers and
students. Each of the six books is packed with information that clearly explains a particular topic. By
reading these books independently or in small groups, students will discover that they can really
understand the specific topics. Graphic elements like many photos and diagrams will help them learn
new ideas. Each topic is explored scientifically with concept words printed in bold, and a glossary
provides a definition for each bolded word. Living Green shares statistics about how our growing
population is using nonrenewable resources. Many ideas about using alternate resources and ways to
save energy are provided. Any class that studies Earth or environmental science will find this series
useful. The photos and diagrams aid in understanding the concepts covered. Individually, or as a class
set, this series is an amazing, useful resource. By learning the new science in each area and following
the author's suggestions, students will be prepared to make better decisions and ultimately can improve
the quality of all our lives.

This series covers green living and environmental policy for children. Each book tackles a different
problem, defining the issue using lucid, easy-to-read (though occasionally preachy) text and clear stock
photographs. Appended "Just the Facts" and "How to Help" sections give suggestions (of varying degrees
of originality) for what kids can do to help protect the planet.

Any teacher, media specialist, or student who is looking for more information to reduce their carbon
footprint will enjoy this series. Clear and concise language defines the topic, the layout is crisp, and the
photographs are dramatic. Graphic aids are abundant and increase the understanding of the text.
Included are facts about the issue, how to help, and a read more title section. There is also a place to
learn more online via the publisher's Web site. Each book in this series is not dependent upon the other
titles, but they do complement one other. Teachers, media specialists, and students looking for ways to
be more 'green' will welcome these titles, which will be a solid addition to any elementary media center.

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