The Shocking Truth about Energy

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This high-voltage introduction to energy combines physical science and environmental science with fun.

Comical characters explain the basics, including the many forms energy can take. Readers can learn how energy changes from one form to another so that the Sun's energy can end up in a lunch box and eventually in people's muscles. Easy-to-follow diagrams show different ways energy can be harnessed. For a green look at the topic, the pros and ...

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Overview

This high-voltage introduction to energy combines physical science and environmental science with fun.

Comical characters explain the basics, including the many forms energy can take. Readers can learn how energy changes from one form to another so that the Sun's energy can end up in a lunch box and eventually in people's muscles. Easy-to-follow diagrams show different ways energy can be harnessed. For a green look at the topic, the pros and cons of each form of energy are outlined, and tips on how to use energy sensibly are included.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This lively picture book stars Erg, a lightning bolt of “pure energy.” Erg shares how energy gets transferred into different forms (the fuel a boy gains from eating a hot dog, the coal that makes electricity), describes the effects of global warming, and weighs the pros and cons of solar, wind, geothermal, and other powers. “Geothermal power is clean and works day and night in any weather,” but the “high underground temperatures needed for geothermal power plants are not available in many areas.” Personified automobiles and appliances communicate via speech balloons, as easy-to-follow flowcharts make a potentially abstract concept tangible. Ages 5-8. (May)
Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
Take a walk with a guide shaped like a lightning bolt and named Erg. "Everybody loves a powerhouse like me. In fact people want more and more energy everyday" Leedy writes in Erg's persona. The book holds excitement as well as energy and Erg is only one of the comic characters. The trucks, computers, and toaster all have a say about electricity. The words in the book are also energized. They refuse to stay in the standard columns so the words themselves become characters. Through Erg, we follow the many needs for energy and the ways that we get it. For instance, we create electricity through a variety of methods, including burning fossil fuels and using solar panels. After each double-page spread Erg discusses the good news and bad news about a particular system. While the writing is completely factual, the illustrated characters will appeal to the fiction-loving kids who want a story. Back-matter includes more information about energy, about saving energy, and about the problems with fossil fuels. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen
School Library Journal
Gr 2–5—Another fun and informative offering from Leedy. Lightning-bolt-shaped "Erg" takes readers on a fast-paced journey, explaining what energy is, its various forms, how they are generated, and the "good news" and "bad news" about each one. The author discusses global warming and concludes with four pages of practical energy-saving suggestions for children to implement. The watercolor and Adobe Photoshop illustrations feature cheerful and appealing anthropomorphized appliances. Numerous diagrams help clarify the text, and the chatty little asides uttered by toasters, hair dryers, computers, etc., are amusing. Back matter includes a question-and-answer section dealing with issues such as "What's wrong with bottled water?" and "Is it really turned OFF?," as well as Web links and a final page called "More Bad News About Fossil Fuels." A welcome addition on an important subject.—Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
Erg, a cartoon energy-bolt, narrates this electrifying introduction to the basics of energy. A spread is devoted to each of the many types of energy, how they are harnessed, their uses and their pros and cons: Fossil fuels, nuclear, solar, wind, water, geothermal and plant-based energy are all discussed. Leedy presents difficult concepts in a way that even younger readers can understand, encapsulating the key essentials and leaving the complex details for older readers' texts. Additional pages explain the generation of electricity, address the problem of global warming and educate readers about how they can help save energy. Throughout, the watercolor-and-digital artwork cleverly illustrates the concepts presented in the text with cartoons, diagrams and sketches. The author's whimsical anthropomorphized electrical outlets and devices keep readers' attention and provide further information. Backmatter includes more energy facts and ways to save energy as well as additional cons against fossil-fuel usage. What Anne Rockwell and Paul Meisel's What's So Bad About Gasoline? (2009) did for fossil fuels, this book does for energy as a whole. (Informational picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823422203
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,339,107
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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