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Not Your Typical Book about the Environment


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With energetic cartoons and a positive attitude (an opening page promises "not [to] blame you, your baby sister, or your uncle Irving for climate change"), this green guide covers four kid-focused categories: clothing, food, technology, and human actions. Kelsey explores topics including eco-friendly apparel, biomimicry, urban farming, and ecological footprints, while occasional comic-style spreads make surprising connections between the local and the global ("How bees are connected to your burger and world peace"). It's a smart approach, and one that should inspire. Ages 9-12. (Feb.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

Gr 4-8-Exploring choices about fashion, food, technology, and energy, Kelsey achieves her goal of writing a "hopeful book about the environment." Attention-grabbing cartoon illustrations include comic strips that explain connections between unlikely pairs such as cell phones and gorillas. While not ignoring environmental challenges, she reports progress and offers encouragement. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

"An optimistic look at choices we can make to improve the planet, this book assesses the impact of everything from the clothes we wear to the food we eat. But instead of laying a guilt trip on readers, it points to eco-friendly alternatives, from devising new products to opting for vintage clothes instead of new."
-- Washington Post

"This upbeat, creative, wide-reaching explanation is indeed a standout in a genre composed primarily of lamentations for the polar bear...this is one of the best books to date at dealing both concretely and philosophically with the blend of opportunity and challenge contained in the green movement."
-- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "Can we move from nations of 'Captains of Industrial Agriculture' to 'Super Sustainable Farmers'? According to this book's well-thought-out logic and messaging on this and many other aspects of environmental awareness, of course we can."
-- The Globe and Mail "This is an intriguing, fact-filled book about saving the environment in unusual ways...This hilarious, information-packed work is an excellent addition."
-- School Library Journal "Elin Kelsey has produced a highly engaging book, pointing out surprising connections between kids' lives and the rest of the planet. The illustrations are fantastic and make a complex subject - conservation and sustainable living - easy to understand. A wonderful book for educating children - and adults - about the environment."
-- Jane Goodall Ph.D., DBE
Founder - the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace 2011 Skipping Stones Honor Award Nature and Ecology Book category, Winner
2011 Newton Marasco Foundation Green Earth Book Award, Winner
2010 Green Book Festival Award Children's category, Honorable Mention
2010 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards Environmental Issues category, Gold Medalist
2010 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Juvenile Non-Fiction Category, Finalist

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