Not your Typical Book About the Environment

Not your Typical Book About the Environment

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Published to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, an experienced environmental educator and an award-winning illustrator offer a fresh, hopeful look at the environment and the future with an encouraging message to children that the world is not necessarily doomed and that awareness is creating a future that will be brighter than we sometimes think. Simultaneous.

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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 ideas, and a growing commitment to alternative lifestyles are exploding around the world. Awareness is creating a future that will be brighter than we sometimes might think. Each chapter begins by taking familiar objects ? T-shirts, video games, bikes ? and using these as launching pads to delve into related environmental issues. Plus, profiles of unexpected personalities, like happiness researcher Catherine O'Brien, show how many are seeking viable solutions to the serious problems facing our planet.

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 ideas, and a growing commitment to alternative lifestyles are exploding around the world. Awareness is creating a future that will be brighter than we sometimes might think. Each chapter begins by taking familiar objects T-shirts, video games, bikes and using these as launching pads to delve into related environmental issues. Plus, profiles of unexpected personalities, like happiness researcher Catherine O'Brien, show how many are seeking viable solutions to the serious problems facing our planet.


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Written to allay children's fears about the environment, this book shows how smart technologies, innovative ideas, and a growing commitment to alternative lifestyles are exploding around the world, creating a future that will be brighter than we sometimes might think. Includes profiles of unexpected personalities.
Offer a look at the environment and the future, discussing such topics as eco-fabrics, plastics, food growing, and energy conservation, and focusing on what young readers can do to increase awareness of the need to protect the Earth's resources.

Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : Owlkids Books, c2010
ISBN: 9781897349847
189734984X
9781897349793
1897349793
Branch Call Number: j 304.2 K299n
Characteristics: 64 p. : col. ill. ; 23 x 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Hanmer, Clayton 1978-

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SPL_Childrens Apr 20, 2012

Why is this book not your typical book about the environment?
The state of our environment is serious and worrisome – so much so that kids hear continuous doom-and-gloom messages and information about the future of our world. Elin Kelsey’s new children’s book isn’t a typical book on this topic because it focuses instead on the positive things that people of all ages and do (and may already be doing) to diminish environmental harm and to help “green” our world.
We can make positive, sustainable choices instead of harmful choices. For example, we can walk, ride a bike or take public transit instead of driving/riding in a vehicle. We can eat less meat. We can use less water. We can use warm or cold water instead of hot water. We can recycle and reuse. We can choose to buy t-shirts and other clothing made of bamboo, organic cotton or hemp – or we can wear secondhand clothes.
With the many choices that we can make and the endless opportunities for change, no matter how small, people can indeed help our environment - one individual action at a time. There is hope for our world.
Author Elin Kelsey effectively refers to items which are familiar to kids - such as bikes, video games and t-shirts - and uses them as “launching pads” to explore related environmental issues in this positive, inspiring and informative book. With its upbeat, hopeful approach to our environment, this book challenges young readers to make a difference.
Well-researched and up-to-date, incorporating the latest products, practices and research in energy and other areas, Not Your Typical Book about the Environment was a finalist for the 2011 Norma Fleck Award, which is given annually to a high-quality non-fiction Canadian book for youth.

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072688427lizzy
Apr 30, 2011

I LOVED THIS BOOK! im an enviornmentalist, and this book made me feel cool. It showed how the world is interconnected well

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boehlkereadersrock
Apr 29, 2011

This book displayed connections well like how 250 plastic bottles can be made into a fleece sweater. It shows really well how the world is interconnected. The comics were great.

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walfordreadersrock
Apr 27, 2011

I really liked this book because it was really interesting. The author put a lot of expression in it. The comics were a lot of fun to read. The colours were bright and the drawings were really cool. After reading this book I am inspired to be eco friendly.

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AJ25
Apr 27, 2011

I found this book suprisingly funny because some of these facts are too wierd to be true. I also like this book because it teachs us how to save/protect our environment. For example, you can turn a specific amount of water bottles into a fleece jacket!

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angelagao1
Apr 26, 2011

To me, this book was interesting, with a lot of cool facts about our environment and how we can help protect it, and how really different things can be connected through nature, such as how bees are connected to burgers and world peace. It was a fun book to read and learn more about how environment.

I learned new things from this book such as the fact that there are different types of things that you can make clothes out of and some of them are more environmentally friendly than others. The author said in the beginning that she didn't want a gloomy book, that she wanted Not Your Typical Book About the Environment to be a book that made you "hopeful". How is that any better than a gloomy book? Maybe if it is to cheerful then people will think that everyone is already helping the environment so much that they no longer need to contribute as well. On the other hand, I suppose that if the book showed all the good things about what we are doing for the environment then some people will be inspired to try and do all the environmentally friendly things in the book. It really depends on how you look at it. Even though it was filled with information, I was slightly bored by it. Perhaps I need a break from non-fiction books.

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melissapoo
Apr 05, 2011

what the heck it was so weird

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sharon_2000
Mar 28, 2011

this is a good book

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pcjrstudent2
Mar 28, 2011

really funny but cool!!!!

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