S is for Save the Planet: A How-To-Be Green Alphabet [NOOK Book]

Overview

Did you know Americans generate nearly 250 million tons of trash each year? Or that it takes hundreds of years for a polystyrene cup to decompose? Mankind's negative impact on Mother Earth is tremendous and daily bad news can make it feel overwhelming. But all is not lost! S is for Save the Planet: A How-to-Be-Green Alphabet details the many environmental issues we face and then suggests easy-to-take actions that anyone can do. From the particulars of vermicomposting and xeriscaping, to the three R's of ...
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S is for Save the Planet: A How-To-Be Green Alphabet

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Overview

Did you know Americans generate nearly 250 million tons of trash each year? Or that it takes hundreds of years for a polystyrene cup to decompose? Mankind's negative impact on Mother Earth is tremendous and daily bad news can make it feel overwhelming. But all is not lost! S is for Save the Planet: A How-to-Be-Green Alphabet details the many environmental issues we face and then suggests easy-to-take actions that anyone can do. From the particulars of vermicomposting and xeriscaping, to the three R's of responsible waste management, young readers learn how they can be a force of nature in protecting the earth for generations to come.Brad Herzog spends two months every summer traveling across the country with his wife and two young sons and celebrating America's natural wonders. Together, they have visited more than 30 national parks and seashores. This is Brad's eighth alphabet book for Sleeping Bear Press. He lives on California's Monterey Peninsula. Linda Holt Ayriss is the recipient of a silver medal from the Best in the West Society of Illustrators, and has been recognized in the Communication Arts Annual. She is also the author of Sleeping Bear's E is for Evergreen: A Washington Alphabet. Linda lives in Washington State.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sheilah Egan
Almost every letter gets a double spread devoted to a poem, several paragraphs about the topic, and a gorgeous illustration that supports the text beautifully. For those that have single pages, the poem is overlaid on the lovely art and the more dense text is set off in a color-coordinated side bar. But whatever the physical layout, each letter has an abundance of information, ideas, and suggestions for improving whatever aspect of ecological awareness is being discussed. Because of the two dimensions of text this title can be used with students who are in upper elementary grades (if introduced properly so that they are not off put by the alphabet format). Some of the rhymes make a huge stretch to work but many are charming and make the information accessible to younger students: "Pick a spot and leave your mark./We've come to letter P./Help our planet to breathe better. P is plant a tree." The sidebar text includes the line "A single tree can absorb one ton of carbon dioxide in its lifetime, so why not plant some yourself?" Educators will find this a good resource for Earth Day projects and students will learn a variety of approaches to helping our Earth, including "X is for xeriscaping" which discusses creating gardens that do not require very much water and "V is vermincomposting" which describes how to create natural fertilizer by using worms to digest food scraps. I'm inspired to start a "worm farm" myself. There are numerous websites listed in the backmatter, including many for general information, specific subjects, and a section "just for the kids." Reviewer: Sheilah Egan
School Library Journal

Gr 3-6

For each letter, an eight-line poem introduces a tip for protecting the environment. Lengthy sidebars accompany each verse and provide more detailed information. The book is illustrated with acceptable watercolor paintings. The sidebars are well written, but the poetry is sometimes awkward and occasionally feels forced. The content presents useful advice, though many of the suggestions are aimed at things adults can do, such as composting and improving the insulation in their home, and forgoing items made of ivory or animal skins. However, important information has occasionally been left out. For example, the entry for the letter "B" discusses the uses of compact fluorescent lights. Although the text cautions about handling broken bulbs due to mercury content, it doesn't explain that these bulbs need to be properly recycled. Overall, though, this is an interesting starting point for a class researching a wide range of environmental topics.-Lindsay Cesari, Baldwinsville School District, NY

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781627532594
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
  • Publication date: 8/15/2013
  • Series: Science Alphabet
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 749,041
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Brad Herzog
Brad Herzog
Brad Herzog is the author of more than three-dozen books for children and four titles for adults, including three critically acclaimed travel memoirs that the American Book Review has deemed "the new classics of American travel writing." Brad's series of alphabet picture books for Sleeping Bear Press include popular titles like H is for Home Run and S is for Save the Planet. His beautifully-illustrated picture book, Francis and Eddie, tells the inspiring true story about how a 20-year-old unknown golfer and his 10-year-old caddie shocked the world at the 1913 U.S. Open. As a freelance magazine writer, Brad has been honored several times by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), including a Grand Gold Medal for best feature article of the year. He has been interviewed on "The Today Show" and "Oprah" and has been profiled in publications ranging from People magazine to Reader's Digest. Brad (www.bradherzog.com) lives on California's Monterey Peninsula with his wife and two sons.
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    A Mom's Choice Awards Recipient!

    S Is For Save the Planet is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards® honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; and Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

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