School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 5-7Three books that focus on people of different ages and walks of life and the environmental changes that they have effected. Alternative Energy Sources describes their efforts involving new solar and wind-power technology, house-building methods that gather and conserve heat, and alternative ways to power vehicles. Natural Foods focuses on global techniques to grow organic produce, using small spaces, environmentally sensitive methods, and ethical practices. Protecting Our Air, Land, and Water has a strong conservation bent, with standard fare about preserving wetlands, old-growth forests, and methods to make one's community environmentally aware. The two-to-four page chapters, which the authors refer to as stories about ordinary people achieving the extraordinary, are nevertheless packed with facts. Each book contains approximately 18 different endeavors, with frequent clear full-color photographs or diagrams. A particularly useful feature is an address and/or telephone number to contact for more information about each organization. Perfect for short reports that raise awareness of factors influencing our global environment.Shannon VanHemert, Memphis/Shelby County Public Library, TN
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Alternative Energy Sources by Gary Chandler and Kevin Graham is a captivating book that explores the practicality and uses of more atmosphere friendly energy sources. Chandler and Graham predominantly highlight the benefits of wind and solar power along with providing info on other clean energy sources such as geothermal energy and clean coal. An in depth section about powering vehicles using alternative energy adds to the book’s informative demographic. The section about electric cars is particularly interesting. Did you know its possible to drive through the mountains in an electric car? Not only were production facts described but the reader really gains a sense of how an electric car functions. Graham and Chandler previously published “Making a Better World” and incorporate environmental success stories into this book. One factoid that caught my eye was the development of jungle gyms made entirely out of recycled soda bottles. “Alternative Energy Sources” not only provides the reader with information about different forms of cleaner energy but also with information about making the world a more energy efficient place. It does a very good job of showing how you, the reader, can get involved whether it’s by recycling and helping to construct these recycled jungle gyms, or just becoming more knowledgeable of the evident shifts in energy. Presented with the increasingly difficult environmental challenges facing earth, Chandler and Graham outline creative yet effective solutions to the problem. I found this book to be a captivating read. It got me thinking in a new more idealistic manner. Even though a task seems near impossible, steps can be taken towards a solution. Chandler and Graham have more books in this “Making a Better World “ series which I am highly excited to read. Their writing style fosters a sense of intrigue. After reading, I was prompted to do more research on topics I was particularly interested in. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone with any desire to make Earth a better place!