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Title:
Global warming : the threat of Earth's changing climate
Author:
Pringle, Laurence, 1935-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : SeaStar Books, 2001.
Physical Description:
48 pages : illustrations 26 cm
Language:
English
Reading Level:
1110 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 8.6 1.0 53628.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 5.5 3 Quiz: 04547 Guided reading level: Z.
ISBN:
9781587170096
Format :
Book

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Summary

It's not your imagination: Earth is getting warmer. Global warming is perhaps the most prominent environmental issue of the past decade. Award-winning writer Laurence Pringle describes the causes of this worldwide trend, exploring its past, present, and potential future damage to our climate, ecology, and economy. He also offers practical solutions that will help avert a global disaster of our own making. With over thirty striking color photographs, here is an incisive, clear, authoritative look at a timely topic that all children and adults must faceand soon.


Author Notes

Laurence Pringle was raised on an isolated farm in western New York. He studied wildlife biology at Cornell University and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and had begun to seek a doctorate in that field. But for several reasons, including trouble with some subjects, Pringle decided to switch to journalism.

In 1962, he was looking for a job as an editor and writer with an outdoor or science magazine. He found an opening with Nature and Science, a children's magazine published by The American Museum of Natural History. Pringle joined that magazine in early 1963 and during the seven years of that magazine's life, learned a lot about writing for young readers. His friend and editor at the magazine encouraged Pringle to write a book for children. His first manuscript was rejected by several publishers but was finally accepted and published in 1968.

When Nature and Science was disbanded in the spring of 1970, Pringle had two choices: look for another editing job or try to survive as a freelance writer. He chose to become a writer and is now the highly acclaimed author of over a hundred books. He writes mainly biographical and environmental stories for children and young adults.

Pringle is the recipient of two major awards for his body of writing; the Eva L. Gordon Award for Children's Science Literature and the Washington Post/Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award in 1999. He has won national awards from the American Nature Study Society and the National Wildlife Federation. Many of his books, including Everybody Has a Bellybutton, have been cited by the National Science Teacher's Association/Children's Book Council as "Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children." In 1998, the National Council of Teachers of English selected his book An Extraordinary Life: The Story of a Monarch Butterfly for the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4-8. This well-illustrated, slightly oversize book introduces global warming with sophisticated material best suited to upper-elementary-and middle-schoolers. The dramatic, eye-catching cover will attract kids with its picture of a blazing sun and an ominous red haze filling the sky over a vulnerable Earth. Inside, chapters sprinkled with good-quality color photos briefly describe what causes global warming, the signs that it's occurring, the difficulties in predicting climatic shifts, industries' lobbying against research and ways that nations can lower Earth's greenhouse gases. The text is extremely straightforward, even dry, and information is repeated in some places. But this offers students a solid, factual overview of the subject, with plenty of material and an extensive glossary to support reports. The selection of mostly adult further readings seems aimed at teachers rather than kids. Gillian Engberg


School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-A thoroughly updated reworking of Pringle's 1991 title (Arcade; o.p.). New discussions include information on nuclear power, the carbon cycle, coastal lands lost to rising sea levels, the perils of cement making, the effect of El Ni-o, and the dangers of aerosols. The author also covers measures that have been taken to slow the warming of the Earth's atmosphere. Clear, full-color photos showing smog, flooding, human misery, and some beautiful landscapes will grab readers' attention. Large, colorful maps and diagrams are also included. Unfortunately, the list for further reading includes articles that are above the level of this book's audience. Despite this minor flaw, this is an important and useful title.-Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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