Going Blue: A Teen Guide to Saving Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands

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Written by service learning expert Cathryn Berger Kaye and celebrity ocean spokesperson Philippe Cousteau, Going Blue educates young people about the earth’s water crisis and gives them tools and inspiration to transform their ideas into action. With lively photos and practical suggestions, the book helps teens plan and do a meaningful service project that benefits our planet’s water system. Along the way, readers learn about issues such as clean water access, coral reef damage, runoff pollution, trash islands, ...

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Overview

Written by service learning expert Cathryn Berger Kaye and celebrity ocean spokesperson Philippe Cousteau, Going Blue educates young people about the earth’s water crisis and gives them tools and inspiration to transform their ideas into action. With lively photos and practical suggestions, the book helps teens plan and do a meaningful service project that benefits our planet’s water system. Along the way, readers learn about issues such as clean water access, coral reef damage, runoff pollution, trash islands, factory fishing, bottled water, and much more. This combination of academic learning and community service is at the heart of the fast-growing teaching strategy known as service learning.

Going Blue is divided into the five stages of service learning: investigation, preparation, action, reflection, and demonstration. Special sections include a history of ocean exploration with a profile of Jacques Cousteau; an interview with Philippe Cousteau; stories of young people around the world addressing water issues; book and Web resources; and an afterword for adults.
 

Going Blue: A Teen Guide to Saving Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands [ISBN 978-1-57542-348-7] by Cathryn Berger Kaye, M.A., and Philippe Cousteau has been selected as one of the 100 Best Children’s Products and one of the 10 Best Socially Responsible Products for 2010 by Dr. Toy.

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2011 Nautilus Gold Award winner

“Not just another book about the environment, this volume . . . [has] outstanding features [that] include fact-filled sidebars, stories about scientists, full-color charts, and an abundance of high-quality photos . . . Instructors will find this to be a valuable resource for planning active learning exercises.”—School Library Journal (starred review)

2010 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award Winner

“Each packed spread combines clearly explained scientific concepts with lists, diagrams, and eye-opening statistics . . . color photos deliver a high impact . . . With a balance of sobering facts and inspiring accounts of communities creating real change, this welcome title will attract a broad range of student researchers, casual readers, and committed activists, who will particularly benefit from the extensive resource lists.”—Booklist

 

 

“One of the Top 10 Books on the Environment for Youth (2011).”—Booklist

“[A] valuable how-to manual for [anyone] wishing to protect our precious resource of water.”—VOYA

100 Best Children’s Products—Dr. Toy
10 Best Socially Responsible Products—Dr. Toy
 

Going Blue is an inspiring call to action for youth around the world.”—Roots & Shoots, a program of the Jane Gooddall Institute

Children's Literature - Judy Crowder
We've all seen or read about them on/in the news: ecological disasters, large or small, causing worldwide or neighborhood concern. But what can a teenager do? We've all heard "going green," but what about going blue, to save this planet's waters? This book offers answers, guides to many bodies of water and stories of teens that wanted to do something and did. Beginning with a "call to action" by Philippe Cousteau, son of the late Jacques Cousteau, the book encourages young adult readers to become more aware: where's the water in your back yard? Where did it come from? Is the lovely lake, river, creek or coast in you region in danger or healthy? Then there's the broader picture—the oceans, pollution, ocean acidification, climate change, threatened coral reefs. Now, time to act. Compelling format and text inspire readers to get busy, even if it's something relatively small like composting or resisting bottled water. Next, readers can learn the pausing to reflect on accumulated knowledge and experience is worthwhile. After that, "If you know it—show it" as the authors encourage sharing your story. Finally, the book includes helpful features: a "what's next?' look ahead, guides for teachers, youth leaders, parents, etc., sources for "blue facts," and index. Especially interesting is the case study throughout the book of the Tar Creek, in Miami, Oklahoma. Local high school students, realizing that this creek was one of the most polluted bodies of water in the country, spread awareness, investigated the problem, and took action. The book is one into which readers can dive into again and again, with biographical sketches about well-known heroes like Jacques Cousteau and Sylvia Earle, as well as lesser-knowns like us—Rhode Island high school student, Alex Lin, who decided to take on e-(electronic) pollution. Inspirational! Reviewer: Judy Crowder
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Not just another book about the environment, this volume is organized around a five-stage concept of service learning: investigation, preparation, action, reflection, and demonstration. Each one is explained in detail with numerous examples of real teens making a difference in their communities. Other outstanding features include fact-filled sidebars, stories about scientists, full-color charts, and an abundance of high-quality photos. The book looks at bodies of water across the globe, including the Great Lakes, the Mekong River, and the Arctic Ocean. It addresses such topics as oil spills, droughts, floods, lack of clean drinking water, and plastic that litters beaches and forms gyres in the ocean. The reference section includes websites and an extensive bibliography tied to the stages of service learning. The authors focus on water resources but their techniques can be applied to other environmental issues. Earth science and ecology instructors will find this to be a valuable resource for planning active learning exercises.—Patricia Ann Owens, Illinois Eastern Community Colleges
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575423487
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 774,341
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 1170L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Cathryn Berger Kaye, M.A., is an international service learning consultant and a former classroom teacher. She works with state departments of education, universities, school districts, and classroom teachers on a variety of education issues such as service learning, student leadership, and respectful school communities. A sought-after speaker, Cathy lives in Los Angeles.

Philippe Cousteau, grandson of Captain Jacques Cousteau, is a correspondent and spokesperson for Discovery Education and the Animal Planet and Planet Green channels. He is founder and CEO of EarthEcho International, whose mission is to foster extraordinary leaders to take action to restore and protect our oceans. Visit www.earthecho.org for more information.
 

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