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Posted May 14, 2010
The Power of One can do something for ALL
In the book, Heroes of the Environment, the author Harriet Rohmer tells us 12 true stories of people from across North America who have done great things for the environment. The stories cover a wide range of people, from a teenage girl who figured out how to remove pollutants from a river to a Mexican wrestler who works to protect turtles and whales. The photographs (although just black and blue colors) bring actual faces to the stories and help the stories seem real. I thought the book was easy to read and inspirational. I liked how the author showed how being a child played a part in these stories - the story was about a child who discovered a creative way to solve a problem or the story showed how things that happened to them as a child made them become a problem-solver when they were older. The heroes came from ordinary backgrounds and yet they were able to do extraordinary things - like designing an "eco-machine" that could clean up entire watersheds. The real theme is the significant power of ONE that can do something for ALL.
I also liked the final section that gives advice on how to get involved in your own community. I have done many community projects myself and I think this book will make other students want to do something to make a good change. This book is for everyone - young children interested in learning about environmental issues, students interested in becoming more involved in their communities and adults who would like to lead and inspire kids to make a difference.
I like this book because it was like an adventure book to me; each story the hero had to start small, face challenges, and stick with it until the end to make a difference. I liked how the book showed us how we can make a difference in our world and follow our passions, whatever those may be.
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