Heroes of the Environment: True Stories of People Who Are Helping to Protect Our Planet [NOOK Book]

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This inspiring book presents the true stories of 12 people from across North America who have done great things for the environment. Heroes include a teenage girl who figured out how to remove an industrial pollutant from the Ohio River, a Mexican superstar wrestler who works to protect turtles and whales, and a teenage boy from Rhode Island who helped his community and his state develop effective e-waste recycling programs. Plenty of photographs and illustrations bring each ...
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Heroes of the Environment: True Stories of People Who Are Helping to Protect Our Planet

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Overview

This inspiring book presents the true stories of 12 people from across North America who have done great things for the environment. Heroes include a teenage girl who figured out how to remove an industrial pollutant from the Ohio River, a Mexican superstar wrestler who works to protect turtles and whales, and a teenage boy from Rhode Island who helped his community and his state develop effective e-waste recycling programs. Plenty of photographs and illustrations bring each compelling story vividly to life.
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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Marilyn Brien
Students might ask what they can do about environmental problems, or they could assume that there is nothing that one teenager can do about overwhelming problems. This inspiring little gem is packed with stories about people who are concerned about the environment and have followed through with action that will thrill readers young and old. The stories of the carefully selected heroes range from a female solar electrician for the Hopi Indian Reservation to an engineer and designer who invented an eco-system to clean toilet water at a school. A young entrepreneur developed a business to grow food in inner-city Milwaukee, while another recycled building materials in the South Bronx. An Appalachian grandmother challenged harmful practices in mountaintop removal. One teenager's research resulted in a patent for a system to treat household drinking water, and another spent years working to protect California's coastline. A wrestler from Mexico activated students to prevent pollution of the lagoon in Tijuana. A middle school teacher from Louisiana inspired his students to protect the wetlands near New Orleans. This book provides stories of dedicated activists rather than a political or scientific discussion of environmental problems. It is marketed for readers age seven through fourteen, but it should be available to high school students and teachers for science, social studies, or pleasure reading. One can only hope that students will feel empowered by these success stories. Reviewer: Marilyn Brien
Children's Literature - Elizabeth Young
Anyone who thinks one person cannot make a difference should spend a few minutes reading this book about everyday neighborhood heroes. Twelve brave individuals, children to grandparents, all with a passion to change their world—and yours—for the better, invite you to join them. You will learn about Will, who has a farm in the city; Debby, who introduced solar power to the desert; a masked wrestler form Mexico City who fights the enemies of the environment; and several others who have all dared to defy government and popular thinking to ensure there is a cleaner and greener future. What is most notable about these people is that they are no different than people you already know, yet their actions inspire everyone to join in and find a cause of their own. Even if all the chapters in this book are not read, the book will spur readers to see if they can find a better way to address concerns of the environment, neighborhoods, and our planet. McLaughlin's illustrations are pleasant enhancements to the text, as are the pages done in shades of blue. Each chapter is just the right length: none too short, making readers wish for more; none too long, resulting in a discouraged assignment. Let us hope there are further heroes to learn about—perhaps the next one will be the next reader. Reviewer: Elizabeth Young
School Library Journal
Gr 5–9—The mantra of the environmental movement is "think globally, act locally," and this book offers examples of local heroes who are helping to save the planet. Maps, illustrations, and photographs are used to good effect. Each of the 12 chapters tells the story of a person doing his/her part to preserve our environment. Debby Tewa works to bring solar energy to Indian Country, and Sarah James speaks on behalf of the Gwich'in Indian Peoples of Alaska and Canada who want to save the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil drilling. Judy Bonds, a community activist in West Virginia, works to bring an end to mountaintop removal mining; and Omar Freilla founded ReBuilders Source, a New York City-based company that recycles building materials. Stories come from all across America and include a diverse group of men and women, making this volume of interest to a broad audience. A final section offers information on how readers can get involved in their own communities.—Patricia Ann Owens, Wabash Valley College, Mt. Carmel, IL
Kirkus Reviews
Introducing a dozen North American eco-activists, most of them teenagers or younger adults, Rohmer conveys one inspirational success story after another. With the notable exception of El Hijo Del Santo, a Mexican masked wrestler who stages public events to draw attention to a range of environmental issues, the "heroes" here at least began their work on a local, grassroots level. Alex Lin coordinates an initiative to refurbish discarded computers and other e-waste; Debby Tewa promotes and installs solar-power systems on Arizona's Hopi Reservation; as a teenager Erica Fernandez stood up to protest the planned construction of a huge natural-gas pipeline through her California town. The author largely steers clear of technical details-which makes John Todd's invention of biological-waste filters and Kelydra Welcker's development of a method of testing water for the pollutant C-8 appear easier than seems likely-but provides plenty of encouragement for concerned young readers. Two-toned art and small, murky black-and-white photos add further notes of earnest purpose. (Nonfiction. 10-12)
From the Publisher
BOOKLIST
"The powerful mix of personal stories with crucial environmental and social issues will be a call to action for young readers, who will want to move on to the final section: How You Can Get Involved. "

SIERRA CLUB'S THE GREEN LIFE BLOG
"This little book packs a big punch..."

SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
"The mantra of the environmental movement is think globally, act locally, and this book offers examples of local heroes who are helping to save the planet....Stories come from all across America and include a diverse group of men and women, making this volume of interest to a broad audience."

KIRKUS REVIEWS
"...provides plenty of encouragement for concerned young readers."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811879712
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 110
  • Sales rank: 473,682
  • Age range: 9 - 14 Years
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Harriet Rohmer
Harriet Rohmer is the founder and former publisher/executive director of Children's Book Press, the award-winning publisher of bilingual and multicultural picture books. Her books have won over 100 major awards and many have become classics, including artist Carmen Lomas Garza's Family Pictures/Cuadros de familia. She lives in San Francisco.

Julie McLaughlin is an illustrator living in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2012

    Okay

    It was short but okay.

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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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