A Child's Introduction to the Environment: The Air, Earth, and Sea Around Us- Plus Experiments, Projects, and Activities YOU Can Do to Help Our Planet!

Overview

A Child's Introduction to the Environment provides an entertaining and instructive tour of the Earth's varied environments, along with activities and materials to encourage young environmentalists.

Kids aged 9-12 and their parents will appreciate this upbeat yet clear-eyed, interactive look at our magnificent planet and how we can safeguard it.

Exploring in turn the water, land, and air around us, the book looks at the wide variety of ...

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Overview

A Child's Introduction to the Environment provides an entertaining and instructive tour of the Earth's varied environments, along with activities and materials to encourage young environmentalists.

Kids aged 9-12 and their parents will appreciate this upbeat yet clear-eyed, interactive look at our magnificent planet and how we can safeguard it.

Exploring in turn the water, land, and air around us, the book looks at the wide variety of environmental regions of the world (deserts, forests, cities, farms, ice caps, oceans) as well as the atmosphere, weather, energy sources, plants, and animals of each area. Short features throughout offer fun facts, projects, and experiments that kids can do with parents or on their own. And a special packet inside the front cover contains a reusable lunch sack, peel-off stickers with messages such as "TURN OFF THE LIGHTS," "RECYCLE," and "UNPLUG," and a special poster from the NRDC.

Charming original watercolor illustrations throughout are perfectly paired with an accessible text by a father-and-son team of writers (Dad is a meteorologist). And it is all printed on recycled material, of course!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Equal parts activity book, ecology lesson and geographical tour, this cheerfully illustrated book conducts a crash course in environmental science. However, the authors, a father-son team, seem to doubt their subject: "If all of this learning sounds a little bit boring-don't worry!" they say, explaining that they've provided experiments to reinforce the education (let evaporation remove salt from saltwater; test smog using rubberbands and wire hangers). A cloth lunch bag, a poster and stickers are also included. Ages 9-up. (Apr.)

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School Library Journal

Gr 3-6- This wide-ranging book stresses the interconnections of all living things and the impact of humans on the environment. Suggestions for simple experiments to "discover for yourself" accompany discussions of topics such as the water cycle, urban ecology, and wind energy. The authors also provide ideas for ways that readers can take steps to conserve energy and reduce waste. The conversational writing style, plentiful watercolor illustrations, and varied page layouts add reader appeal. No single subject receives in-depth treatment, but the Driscolls touch briefly on weather, biomes, global warming, food chains, landfills, and desertification. The book has an extensive glossary and a list of related books and Web sites, but no index. A reusable lunch sack, stickers, and a poster with suggested conservation activities in English and Spanish come with the book. More useful for browsers than report writers, this eclectic volume offers a starting point for those wanting to tie environmental awareness to concrete action.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579124298
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 603,422
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.28 (w) x 10.38 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Dennis Driscoll is an Emeritus Professor of Meteorology at Texas A&M University specializing in biometeorology, the interaction of the Earth's atmosphere with living things. He lives in College Station, Texas.

Michael Driscoll is the author of A Child's Introduction to
Poetry
and A Child’s Introduction to the Night Sky (both Parent's Choice Award winners). He is currently a staff editor at the New York Daily News.

Meredith Hamilton graduated from Brown University and has an MFA from the School of Visual Arts. Formerly an art director at Newsweek and Time, she illustrated the previous six books in the Child's Introduction series, among other books, and her work can be found in magazines and animations as well. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and three children.

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