Monday, May 3, 2010

Heroes of the Environment: True Stories of People Who Are Helping to Protect Our Planet by Harriet Rohmer

A collection of interesting stories about kids and adults who are involved in the environment. They recycle junk, create gardens, install solar energy, and more. What makes this book a little different is most of the environmental issues these people deal with aren't just one-time problems or activism issues, they're part of their lives. Several have invented machines and/or processes to safely and responsibly recycle materials and these inventions are part of their careers. Others are campaigning to improve and save the places where they live. The stories are written in an engaging, brisk style with plenty of illustrations and explanations of the various processes involved.

Verdict: I enjoyed this book, but I'd recommend this for a school library, especially if there are units on ecology or environmental issues planned. A larger library might want to have this on hand, but I can't see kids at our library picking it up to browse and I've never had anyone asking for environmental biographies for school assignments. Sigh. Probably why I had to borrow this via inter-library loan from a school library.

ISBN: 978-0811867795; Published August 2009 by Chronicle; Borrowed from the library

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