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50 simple things kids can do to save the earth
Earth Works Group (U.S.)
Publication Information:
Kansas City, MO : Andrews and McMeel, [1990]

Physical Description:
156 pages ; 22 cm
Explains how specific things in a child's environment are connected to the rest of the world, how using them affects the planet, and how the individual can develop habits and projects that are environmentally sound.
Reading Level:
850 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC 6-8 5.1 5 Quiz: 03883 Guided reading level: NR.
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TD171.7 .A16 1990 Juvenile Mass Market Paperback Open Shelf

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This valuable and entertaining book shows children how specific elements of their environment--like a light switch or a toilet--are connected to the rest of the world. Clear, practical tips show kids how they can conserve energy, recycle waste, and take on important environmental projects.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 3-6. This paperback shows children how the seemingly small, everyday choices they and their parents make can have an impact on the environment. Each idea appears in a two-page presentation, illustrated with line drawings and including four sections: "Take a Guess," "Did You Know," "What You Can Do," and "See for Yourself." For example, the chapter on batteries asks which object doesn't need batteries: a flashlight, a solar-powered calculator, or a battery-operated vegetable slicer? The text briefly explains how batteries are harmful when discarded, suggests that readers survey their houses to count how many batteries are in use, and examines the alternatives: conservation ("turn off your Walkman if you're not listening to it"), solar power, plugging into electrical power, and using rechargeable batteries. Though the tone is occasionally a bit chatty and, in one instance, the text contains a minor inaccuracy concerning "food soaking up cold air in a refrigerator," the intent and impact are consistently on target. With its timely topic, pick-me-up format, and practical ideas, this should find a ready audience among concerned teachers, parents, and kids. --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

A practical and upbeat guide to saving resources and protecting the en vironment. Each brief chapter begins with an often humorous ``Take a Guess,'' followed by an overview of a problem in ``Did You Know,'' ``What You Can Do,'' and ``See For Yourself'' sections. Statistics and measurements are translated into age-appropriate terms, such as comparing children's weight to the amount of garbage thrown away in a year. Simple demonstrations (counting cans in a supermarket) im press upon readers the vast quantities of materials and energy routinely used. As books that deal with pollution and/ or ecology generally present the prob lem first and append a chapter recom mending action, they lack the optimis tic and encouraging tone of this book. Some of the suggestions are not easy, and adult assistance and advice are em phasized. Parents and teachers will find this to be a useful guide for increasing awareness of environmental problems and a superb teaching tool. Black-and- white drawings decorate each page. Newton's Taking a Stand Against En vironmental Pollution (Watts, 1990) is for older readers.--Meryl Silverstein, formerly at Meyer Levin Junior High School, Brooklyn (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.