SubTopic: Pollution & Sustainability

  Acting for Nature

by Sneed B. Collard III and Action for Nature

PAPERBACK
Environmental Themes : Extinction & Conservation
Environmental Themes  : Pollution & Sustainability

Written by Sneed Collard III and Action for Nature, a USA environmental education organization based in San Francisco, "Acting for Nature" provides engrossing and inspirational accounts of young people from eleven countries who chose to take action to improve the environmental conditions in their communities. Spanning the globe, the real life stories of boys and girls in familiar and far-off places transcend all political and geographical boundaries -- Judith and Miriam in Spain organizing "The Great Green March" to stop pollution of the Ebro River in Spain, Vincent from Kenya working in the impoverished slums of Nairobi to plant trees and set up recycling centers, Tom from New Zealand rescuing the native penguins from urban sprawl and Aika, the twelve year old Japanese girl, creating her book, Secrets of the Earth to teach other children about our planet. Their stories as well as those of other dedicated children serve as an inspiration for people of all ages to work globally to improve the conditions of their communities and the environment.

Visit: www.actionfornature.org

      Grades: 5th & up

  Bag in the Wind

by Ted Kooser

HARDCOVER
Environmental Themes : Recycling & Composting
Environmental Themes  : Pollution & Sustainability

Through lyrical text and expansive illustrations of landscapes and townscapes, follow the journey of a plastic bag, "a perfectly good bag," blown out of a landfill, traveling on the wind and water over many settings into a nearby town, where in its various encounters it is reused by people who by chance find the yellow grocery bag. Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Nebraskan Ted Kooser has created a unique picture book about a plastic bag, a beautiful, thought-provoking and poetic approach to the environmental issue of waste. A note at the end of the book by Kooser discusses the environmental impact of plastic bags.

Printed on paper containing 100% post-consumer waste.

To learn more about recycling plastic, visit:
PlasticBagRecycling.org and SimpleSteps.org

      Grades: 2nd & up

  Common Ground

by Molly Bang

HARDCOVER
Environmental Themes : Extinction & Conservation
Environmental Themes  : Pollution & Sustainability

A parable depicting the consequences of the overgrazing of a village field by sheep serves as the basis for analogies to the overuse and depletion of our planet’s natural resources – the seas, forests, water, air and fossil fuels. Though the primitive style paintings and text are simple and direct, the profound message of author and illustrator Molly Bang’s picture book inspires reflection about the eventual consequences of short-sighted actions and the responsible stewardship of the water, earth and air that we share and which sustain our lives on our “common ground,” the Earth.

      Grades: 3rd to 7th

  A Cool Drink of Water

by Barbara Kerley

PAPERBACK
Water & Its Cycle
Environmental Themes  : Pollution & Sustainability

Published by the National Geographic Society, A Cool Drink of Water, circles the globe through stunning photography, catching breathtaking imagery of people and animals collecting and drinking water. From solitary hikers pausing to drink in the mountains and canyons of Western North America to an old farmer in the Irish countryside drawing fresh water from a well for himself and his cows, from the stately black figures of women carrying stacks of brass water pots in India to children in Nepal filling a jug of water with rainwater dripping from a roof -- the images resonate the unifying, common need of all of life for this vital resource. Though the text is minimal, focusing readers instead on the stunning visual imagery, a map and the captioned spread of thumbnail copies of the photos in the back of the book explain how various cultures use and conserve water. "A Note on Water Conservation" emphasizes the limited amount of fresh, clean water available to life and the importance of protecting the water supply so as to ensure "that now and in the future everyone, everywhere can always enjoy a cool drink of water."

        Grades: Preschool to 2nd

  Dinosaurs Go Green!: A Guide to Protecting Our Planet!

by Laurie Krasny Brown & Marc Brown

PAPERBACK
Environmental Themes : Pollution & Sustainability
Environmental Themes  : Recycling & Composting

Colorful, cartoon-like dinosaur characters introduce young children to the basic environmental problems and offer everyday suggestions to help save their planet by reducing, reusing and recycling. The book presents children advice to conserve natural resources, to find uses for old household items, to recycle garbage, to compost household waste and to become involved in neighborhood projects. Printed on recycled paper, this is informative primer offers many practical suggestions and useful projects to inspire children to help the planet.

      Grades: Preschool to 2nd

  Earth Book For Kids

by Linda Schwartz

PAPERBACK
Environmental Themes : Pollution & Sustainability
Field Guides & Activity Books 

Earth Book for Kids is a comprehensive activity book for children that introduces basic environmental concepts and includes numerous creative ideas to help heal the Earth. From making their own paper and creating a trash sculpture to comparing phosphate levels in detergents, testing the effects of an oil spill, measuring the acidity of rainwater and charting the use of water at home, kids can gain a deeper understanding of the range of environmental issues as well as find creative suggestions to save their planet. Accompanied by charts and black and white illustrations, the informative text includes sections on: Energy, Resources and Recycling; Air, Land and Water; Plant and Animal Habitats; and, More Ways to Make Every Day Earth Day.

See also:
The Earthworks Group's The New 50 Simple Things Kids Can Do to Save the Earth

      Grades: 3rd & up

  Earth Day

by Linda Lowery

HARDCOVER
Environmental Themes : Extinction & Conservation
Environmental Themes  : Pollution & Sustainability

Introduced with a foreword by Gaylord Nelson, this book briefly traces the reasons for the founding of Earth Day in 1970 and its celebration twenty years later. Former Senator Gaylord Nelson's concern about pollution and the joint efforts of Denis Hayes to draw public and government attention to environmental problems led to the formation of Earth Day 1970. Following a period of legislative reform, the establishment of the EPA and increased citizen involvement, the widespread global environmental deterioration that pervaded the Earth twenty years later sparked the celebration of Earth Day 1990 in over 140 countries. This book places the meaning of Earth Day in a basic, historical context and also provides children suggestions of ways for them to improve the environment in "How You Can Make Every Day An EARTH DAY".

        Grades: Preschool to 3rd

  EcoArt

by Laurie Carlson

PAPERBACK
Field Guides & Activity Books
Environmental Themes  : Pollution & Sustainability

Using nature’s bounty and treasures from trash, kids can create EcoArt from natural and recycled materials while also learning to value nature and the environment. These earth-friendly art and craft projects are designed for children 3 to 9 years old. Each activity complemented by simple black-and-white drawings is identified as to the approximate degree of difficulty involved. Besides activities for making recycled paper, homemade art and craft supplies, there are growing projects (forest terrarium in a soda bottle), numerous decorative items to craft (pomanders, twig animals, shell butterfly magnets), worlds to build (castles, play houses) as well as games to design (bean bag toss, boomerang).

      Grades: Preschool to 5th

  An Environmental Guide from A to Z

by Tim Magner

HARDCOVER
The Living Earth
Environmental Themes  : Pollution & Sustainability

From the Amazon Rainforest and Greenhouse Gases, through Habitats and Plankton, to the Rethink and Redesign Revolution and Zoo, An Environmental Guide from A to Z is a comprehensive alphabetical introduction to a wide range of topics about our biosphere. Magner not only delves into the workings of our planet by exploring the role of nature’s cycles, habitats, water, trees, worms, insects and mountains such as Kilimanjaro, but also includes individuals who have made important contributions to saving our planet – Jacques Cousteau, who drew attention to the wonders of the underwater world, John Muir, the founder of the Sierra Club, Paolo Lugari, who restored the South American wasteland of Gaviotas, Charles Darwin, who challenged ideas as to how nature evolved, Vo Quy, who restored tree habitats for birds after the wars in Vietnam, and, Yvon Chouinard of Patagonia, whose company is designed to minimize any impacts on nature. The concepts of Reducing and Recycling are expanded upon in the Rethink & Redesign Revolution that uses innovative ideas to make "things without creating pollution and landfill waste". Readers can also learn about the role of the sun and solar energy, the benefits of xeriscaping, native species, composting, urban farming and locally grown food as well as vegetarianism. Each topic is set against delicate watercolor illustrations adorned with floating leaves containing relevant questions. This is a wonderfully engaging book for kids to explore the interconnections and workings of nature as well as learn about ways to protect the Earth.

Printed on a mix of post-consumer waste recycled paper and FSC certified paper.

For younger children, see Tim Magner's N is For Nature: An Environmental Alphabet Book

      Grades: 3rd to 8th

  Gaia Girls: Enter the Earth

by Lee Welles

HARDCOVER
Experience of Nature
Environmental Themes  : Pollution & Sustainability

Gaia Girls: Enter the Earth, winner of the 2006 National Outdoor Book Award, is the first fantasy novel of a seven-book series that will follow the adventures of four girls in different regions of the world who take on supernatural powers to help heal the Earth. Author Lee Welles was inspired by British scientist James Lovelock’s Gaia theory to create a novel depicting the Earth as a living superorganism. Gaia, the living organism of the Earth, is personified by an otter who approaches Elizabeth Angier, a ten-year old girl living on her organic family farm, to take on the threat of the takeover of her rural community by an industrialized hog farm. Elizabeth is endowed with "the power over soil, rock and mountain top" and is able to communicate with trees and respond to life forms in the soil as she takes on the struggle to protect her sustainable farm and community. Readers, both young and old, will be enthralled to read about the adventures of this heroine and can look forward to following the stories of the other three girls as they take on their elemental powers of water, air or fire to stop destructive practices, help humanity and heal the planet.

In keeping with the environmental principles of the theme, the book was printed by Daisyworld Press on 100% post-consumer recycled paper. Each chapter begins with a beautiful, realistic black-and-white drawing by Ann Hameister of the local flora and fauna of Upstate New York, the setting of the earth novel. The illustrations also contain hidden codes to solve puzzles.

See also: The second book of the series Gaia Girls: Way of Water.

For information about the Gaia Girls book series, visit http://www.gaiagirls.com

        Grades: 3rd & up

  Global Warming

by Laurence Pringle

HARDCOVER
Environmental Themes : Global Warming
Environmental Themes  : Pollution & Sustainability

Global Warming: The Threat of Earth's Changing Climate provides a well-illustrated introduction to the controversial issue of global warming for young readers. Science writer Pringle presents the causes of global warming as well as the repercussions to our planet from a climactic, ecologic and economic stance. The author examines topics including the greenhouse effect, the carbon cycle, the use of fossil fuels, the effects of deforestation and the repercussions of warming temperatures on the global scale. Color photographs, maps, diagrams, a glossary and a listing of sources for further reading supplement the text.

      Grades: 3rd to 8th

  Here Comes the Garbage Barge!

by Jonah Winter

HARDCOVER
Environmental Themes : Recycling & Composting
Environmental Themes  : Pollution & Sustainability

Take a hilarious trip with a barge full of 3,168 tons of rotting, stinking garbage that can’t find a place to dump its load. Based on a true event in 1987, this fictionalized account follows the Garbage Barge from Islip, New York, where the dumping of garbage in local landfills was outlawed, on its 162 day journey in its wanderings down South to North Carolina, past New Orleans, down to Mexico and Belize, back to Texas and Florida, until, hauling a load that "looked the saddest – and smelled the smelliest – of all", the barge returns to New York where its waste is finally incinerated. The innovative artwork by Chris Sickels of expressive polymer characters set in scenes made of found, reused items creates a hilarious bent to the absurdity of the scenario. A floating buoy carrying a sign emphasizes the environmental moral of the story – "Don’t Make So Much Garbage!!!"

See also:
Loree Griffin Burns' Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion
Ted Kooser's Bag in the Wind
Don Madden's The Wartville Wizard
Ellie Bethel's Michael Recycle

      Grades: Kindergarten & Up

  Home

by Jeannie Baker

HARDCOVER
Experience of Nature
Environmental Themes  : Pollution & Sustainability

In this wordless visual story of Jeannie Baker's exquisite collages, over the course of time as a child grows to a young adult, the view from her window also changes as people gradually reclaim their neighborhood. From a bleak urban setting filled with graffiti, billboards, decrepit buildings and fences, the view evolves into a beautiful, living city landscape filled with people, local native plants and animals. Australian artist Baker remarks in her endnote "But the choice is ours to make – having simply a place to live or, by understanding the land and caring for it, belonging to a living home."

See also: Jeannie Baker's Window, another wordless picture book of the artist's collages, which follows the scene through a boy's window as a natural landscape is replaced by urban development.

      Grades: Kindergarten & Up

  An Inconvenient Truth: The Crisis of Global Warming

by Al Gore

PAPERBACK
Environmental Themes : Global Warming
Environmental Themes  : Pollution & Sustainability

Adapted for the generation of the 21st century, this book is based upon Al Gore’s noted documentary film that convincingly presents the crisis of Global Warming. Citing numerous examples of the dramatic planetary changes, Gore explains the climate crisis, its causes and the consequences to all of life on our planet for our not taking action to put a stop to Global Warming. Striking photographs from around the world include images of droughts, storms, and the rapid melting of mountain glaciers and polar ice caps; graphs depict the drastic increase of carbon dioxide concentrations since the industrial era and the enormous increases in temperature during the past fifty years; maps and diagrams portray regions of melting of polar ice as well as areas of coastlines that will be affected by rising sea levels. Through this knowledge of the human-caused planetary changes and the hopeful fact that by our choices each of us can become part of the solution, Gore calls upon young readers to make the 21st century "a time of renewal by seizing the opportunities that are bound up in this crisis" to preserve the health of our beautiful planet for generations to come.

Printed on chlorine-free paper -- 30% postconsumer waste; virgin fibers grown under a certified forestry management system.

To learn more visit ClimateCrisis.net

See also:
Teaching About Climate Change: Cool Schools Tackle Global Warming , a resource for parents and educators for teaching fundamental concepts of Global Warming that provides tools to raise awareness and take action in the classroom and community setting. ( New Society Publishers )

        Grades: 5th to 8th

  Just a Dream

by Chris Van Allsburg

HARDCOVER
Environmental Themes : Pollution & Sustainability

"A young boy, fascinated with technology, can't find the time to be concerned about the fate of the environment until he has a dream that carries him off to the future of environmental neglect. Illustrations grimly depict the scenes of environmental destruction that he encounters in his dream. Upon waking, he is inspired to rearrange his priorities and learn how to be ecologically conscious. He learns how to properly sort the garbage for recycling and proudly boasts his best birthday present of the year -- a tree to plant in the garden." From Bringing the World Alive: A Bibliography of Nature Stories for Children, published by The Orion Society.

      Grades: Preschool & Up

  The Little House

by Virginia Lee Burton

PAPERBACK
Environmental Themes : Pollution & Sustainability

The little house that watched the yearly change of seasons in the surrounding countryside eventually sees the effects of urban sprawl as roads and skyscrapers replace the trees and stars.

A Caldecott Medal winner (1943). Reviewed in Nature's Course (March/April 1995 & Winter 1997-1998 issues) published by CCEL.

        Grades: Kindergarten to 3rd

  Our Choice: How We Can Solve the Climate Crisis

by Al Gore

PAPERBACK
Environmental Themes : Global Warming
Environmental Themes  : Pollution & Sustainability

As a follow-up to Inconvenient Truth that explained the concept of global warming and climate change, Nobel Prize winner Al Gore’s Our Choice describes how viable solutions using the science and technology that already exists can solve the climate crisis. This is an action plan, crossing disciplines, politics and national boundaries, to create a cooperative, collective will and wisdom globally. Besides the different forms of alternative energy that are available, the role of forests, soil and population are examined. Complemented by numerous photographs, maps and charts, this "Young Readers Edition" lucidly explains the crisis, its solutions and how acting together we can save our planet.

        Grades: 3rd to 8th

  Prince William

by Gloria Rand

PAPERBACK
Environmental Themes : Pollution & Sustainability

"A young girl ventures to the beach in the aftermath of the Alaskan oil spill and finds a young seal pup on the shore, coated with oil. She and her mother rush the pup to a rescue center in the town's gym. They monitor his progress, and accompany the doctor when he goes to set the rehabilitated seal free. Bright and vibrant illustrations chronicle the young girl's relationship to Prince William the seal, and record the devastating effects of this environmental catastrophe." From Bringing the World Alive: A Bibliography of Nature Stories for Children, published by The Orion Society.

"Although fictional, this story has its base in fact and it personalizes the great suffering experienced by wildlife as a result of such spills as the Exxon Valdez in Alaska which have destroyed many animals and the habitats and food necessary for their survival." Excerpt of review from Nature's Course (September/October 1994) published by CCEL.

See also:
Sally Grindley's Peter's Place,
Jacqueline Briggs Martin's Washing the Willow Tree Loon, and
Melvin Berger's Oil Spill!

      Grades: 1st to 3rd

  Professor Angelicus Visits the Big Blue Ball

by L.B.B. Ward

HARDCOVER
Experience of Nature
Environmental Themes  : Pollution & Sustainability

This engrossing adventure novel takes readers on a magical journey of the imagination while presenting important social and environmental issues. Two children and a dog try to help Professor Angelicus search for pure water to fuel his spaceship so that he could return to his home planet. However, they must travel far and wide on the globe to find the clean water and along the way encounter a variety of fascinating characters. During their travels the children also learn about the delicate balance of the world and the intricate web of life as well as a variety of environmental issues -- air and water pollution, acid rain, deforestation, poaching, extinction and ozone depletion. This voyage of discovery through skies, cities, towns, rainforests and seas will spark the imagination of readers while inspiring hope, compassion and sharing as well as the necessity of protecting our planet, "the Big Blue Ball".

      Grades: 3rd & up

  Santa Claus Is Green!: How to Have an Eco-Friendly Christmas

by Alison Inches

PAPERBACK
Environmental Themes : Recycling & Composting
Environmental Themes  : Pollution & Sustainability

The day after Christmas, having received a letter from a boy about the wasteful practices during Christmas, Santa decides to give a gift to the Earth. During the year the whole North Pole is transformed as Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves all work to make the presents and their practices more eco-friendly. As he gets ready to deliver his gifts, Santa even dons a bright green suit. This enchanting, humorous booklet, printed on 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper, provides many ideas to make the festive holiday season of decorations, gifts and treats more sustainable -- a holiday gift to the Earth.

      Grades: Preschool to 3rd

  Save the Earth Maze Book

by Roger Moreau

PAPERBACK
Environmental Themes : Pollution & Sustainability
Field Guide & Activity Books 

The text and illustrations of twenty-one challenging mazes present issues of wildlife conservation and environmental protection. Each of three sections -- oceans & streams, wildlife, and pollution -- presents varied topics of environmental problems which are explored in different scenarios of mazes where one is challenged to save a dolphin entangled in nets, protect elephants & rhinos being hunted by poachers or stop pollution by industrial waste. This activity book provides a stimulating experience for children to learn about environmental issues as they tackle the mazes.

      Grades: 3rd to 5th

  3 Pandas Planting

by Megan Halsey

PAPERBACK
Animals : Various Classes
Environmental Themes  : Pollution & Sustainability

This picture book not only serves as a counting book from twelve to one but also provides an engaging tool for teaching young children about saving our planet. Brightly colored double-page spreads of a variety of animals, which have been endangered or threatened -- crocodiles, otters, turtles, condors, chimps, bears, leopards rhinos, pandas, whales, tigers and elephants -- are accompanied by a simple description of the activity in which the group of animals is engaged. Twelve crocodiles carpool, nine turtles take home cans from a beach, six bears recycle newspapers, three pandas plant trees and one elephant enjoys a walk in nature. The simple descriptive sentence accompanying each double-page illustration can serve as a basis for discussions of the images while a detailed description of the activity of each group of animals is provided in "Do You Want to Know More?" following the text.

      Grades: Preschool to 2nd

  Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion

by Loree Griffin Burns

HARDCOVER
Habitats & Ecosystems
Environmental Themes  : Pollution & Sustainability

Tracking Trash unfolds like a mystery setting readers on a path of discovery to learn about the ocean and its currents, the scientific work of oceanographers and beachcombers, and the impact of trash on marine life and why we need to protect the ocean ecosystem. During the 1990’s flotsam and jetsam – floating trash that falls or is thrown from ships at sea – provided oceanographer Dr. Curt Ebbesmeyer the tools for studying the movement of ocean surface currents. Sneakers, bathtub toys, LEGO pieces, hockey gloves and computer monitors washed up on shores, thousands of miles away from where they initially were dumped into the ocean. Studying the paths of floating garbage also revealed the "East Garbage Patch" of the Pacific Ocean -- an area the size of Alaska found in a gyre that is a convergence zone formed by the confluence of currents, where plastics that are not pulled underwater by the currents continue to float and amass -- containing 3 million tons of garbage. Besides discovering how flotsam and jetsam has provided information for oceanographers about surface currents, readers will also learn how floating trash ends up destroying marine life and habitats. "Ghost-nets," lost or discarded fishing nets, entangle and kill 100,000 ocean wildlife yearly and destroy corals that have been formed over hundreds of years; nurdles, tiny plastic particles of degraded bits of larger plastic pieces, end up in the digestive tracts of marine life. Along with its color photos, maps, diagrams, informative sidebars, glossary and website/book listings, Tracking Trash offers kids an intriguing, informative investigation of oceans as well as an understanding of the long-lasting, devastating impact of trash on marine ecosystems.

To learn more visit:
Dr. Curt Ebbesmeyer’s website Beachcombers’ and Oceanographers’ International Association
Algalita Marine Research Foundation



      Grades: 5th & up

  Under the Ice

by Kathy Conlan

PAPERBACK
Naturalists & Their Work
Environmental Themes  : Pollution & Sustainability

Marine biologist Kathy Conlan takes readers into the icy depths of the seas under Antarctica to explore the unique environment and creatures who inhabit the region. In this impressive photo-essay that includes biographical, historical and geographical information, Conlan describes her ongoing research on the impact of human pollution on marine life and provides an insight into the rigors and intricacies of her work as a scientist. First-person accounts are also given of her 3-month journey to Antarctica, daily life at the research base of McMurdo Station, several harrowing experiences diving under 6 feet of ice, her fascinating close encounters underwater and over ice with Weddell seals, Adelies and Emperor penguins, her explorations of neon blue ice caves and her trip to the South Pole -- all complemented by stunning color photography. Through Conlan’s fascinating account readers can learn about the importance of her research and the unique biodiversity of the remote continent of Antarctica, "that magnificent, frozen world full of fragile beauty."

See also: Mary Cerullo's, Life Under Ice

        Grades: 4th to 8th

  Water, Water Everywhere

by Mark J. Rauzon and Cynthia Overbeck Bix

PAPERBACK
Water & Its Cycle
Environmental Themes  : Pollution & Sustainability

Water, Water Everywhere, published by the Sierra Club, celebrates water as the most precious resource of life as well as the astounding beauty that water brings to the Earth. Beautiful, vivid photographs and concise, poetic text explore the various forms of water in its continuous, never-ending cycle, its importance in sustaining life and shaping the Earth as well as the need for all people to conserve and protect this limited, vital resource. The stunning photography shows water as an integral part of nature as well as images of children splashing, playing and walking in this wondrous, vital element which "brings color and life to earth".

        Grades: Kindergarten to 2nd

  Winston of Churchill: One Bear's Battle Against Global Warming

by Jean Davies Okimoto

HARDCOVER
Environmental Themes : Global Warming
Environmental Themes  : Pollution & Sustainability

Winston of Churchill is a delightful, humorous picture book to engage children in the serious topic of global warming. The stately polar bear, based upon the historical English figure, inspires his fellow bears to convince the tourists visiting Churchill, Manitoba, the polar bear capital of the world, to save their Arctic home. "Ice is nice!" exclaim the bears when Winston elucidates the impact of climate change. As buggies filled with people from all over the world search the tundra for bears, far in the distance the tourists are greeted by the sight of white bears marching with signs: "Brrrr is Best, " "Freeze Please, " "Cool It! " During this adventure Winston also learns that he himself needs to follow through, even in small actions, to help out – to stop polluting the air with his cigar. "We must all do our part, no matter how small."

Printed on 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper.

To learn about global warming, see:
Loree Griffin Burns’, Why Are the Ice Caps Melting?

For more information about polar bears, visit World Wildlife Fund's Polar Bear Tracker.

To help protect the polar ice caps, visit NRDC's BioGems Polar Bears on Thin Ice to find a Kid's Polar Action Guide.

See also:
Amanda Lumry & Laura Hurwitz's, Polar Bear Puzzle,
Carol Carrick's, Polar Bears Are Hungry,
Jonathan London's, Ice Bear and Little Fox, and
Jane Yolen's, Welcome to the Ice House

      Grades: 1st to 3rd

  The Wump World

by Bill Peet

PAPERBACK
Environmental Themes : Pollution & Sustainability

The peaceful, bucolic existence of the Wumps is shattered by the invasion of the Pollutians from Pollutus. While the Wumps seek shelter underground from the invaders, the Pollutians transform their planet into a polluted, devastated world. As quickly as they had come, the Pollutians suddenly leave to wreak havoc elsewhere. This environmental classic with Peet's animated illustrations will captivate readers of all ages.

Reviewed in Nature's Course (Winter 1997-1998) published by CCEL.

        Grades: 3rd to 5th

  You Are the Earth

by David Suzuki & Kathy Vanderlinden

HARDCOVER
The Living Earth
Environmental Themes  : Pollution & Sustainability

Suzuki wrote "You Are the Earth" to show children that we require the four physical elements -- air, water, soil, and the sun's energy -- to survive, and that we must protect this precious basis of all life. Through fascinating presentations of factual information and ancient myths, the author unfolds the wonders of our connections to the Earth and the interrelationship of all living beings in space and time -- the molecular continuum that pervades our planet and the intricate balance that sustains all life. Citing examples of what children throughout the world have done to improve social and environmental conditions, Suzuki calls upon all children to become involved in protecting the Earth since they are the Earth.

Visit: www.davidsuzuki.org

        Grades: 3rd & up