The Sky's Not Falling!: Why It's OK to Chill About Global Warming

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The Sky's Not Falling! is the balanced alternative to Scholastic's fear-inducing global warming kids' book.Debuting the same day as celebrity wife Laurie David's Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming, The Sky's Not Falling! is for parents sick of seeing their kids indoctrinated by has-been politicians and Hollywood stars. The Sky's Not Falling! is everything Scholastic's book should be - fact-filled, apolitical, fun and optimistic about the future of our magnificent, ever-changing planet. In The Sky's Not ...
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The Sky's Not Falling! is the balanced alternative to Scholastic's fear-inducing global warming kids' book.Debuting the same day as celebrity wife Laurie David's Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming, The Sky's Not Falling! is for parents sick of seeing their kids indoctrinated by has-been politicians and Hollywood stars. The Sky's Not Falling! is everything Scholastic's book should be - fact-filled, apolitical, fun and optimistic about the future of our magnificent, ever-changing planet. In The Sky's Not Falling! author Holly Fretwell, a natural resources management expert, shows kids 9-12 that its human ingenuity combined with an enviropreneurial spirit will lead us to a bright environmental future.Parents confronted by Photoshopped pictures of drowning animals and faux documentaries will embrace a book that educates rather than manipulates. Holly Fretwell brings real credentials to the debate, giving kids the scoop, not just about global warming, but the real-world consequences of the Left's responses to it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780976726944
  • Publisher: WND Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/18/2007
  • Pages: 126
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Holly Fretwell is a Research Fellow at PERC and an adjunct instructor at Montana State University where she has taught introductory economics, macroeconomics, natural resources and environmental economics. She works with the Foundation for Teaching Economics, giving workshops for high school teachers to improve their skills in teaching and using economic tools.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2008

    How to get your kids to not care about the environment

    Pollution is the natural price we pay for progress. You don't want to live in a hut in Kenyan without your iPod or PlayStation, do you? It's fine if you want to help the environment, but it's perfectly fine not to if it's too inconvenient for you. That's the message this overly defensive book for kids about the global warming crisis sends. Taking the odd position that talk about global warming and environmentalism is making little Johnny feel guilty about blasting the air conditioner for too long, this book tries to placate his tender feelings by framing environmentalism as a black or white choice where you can either ride your bike and read by candlelight or waste as much as you need. Nowhere does it mention the moral responsibility we have to reduce our waste as much as possible. Of course the rest of the book is filled with scientific distortions slamming Al Gore and the like, along with glowing praise for the free market and scorn for goverment regulation, even though it clearly helped in the case of the flurocarbon ban. Even if you agree with the minority group of scientists who think that recent global warming has been unpreventable, would you really want your kids to read something that actually tries to convince them it's okay not to help the environment?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2008

    just food for thought

    I was taking a look at this book, and then the reviews. Like one I read on another site, I wonder if most of the negative reviewers even read the books. I skimmed through it and one of the biggest points I noticed. Was not to truly attack global warming. But how people deal with environmental issues. And she is right. We, as a collective, look to the government to solve the problem. She is against this. And I can tell you one reason why she is right. Rewind about 100 years ago. Something we take very much for granted now was just being invented something that would truly change the world, something that was believed to be so physically impossible, that is wasn¿t even given a patent for several years. Even though the government was funding one engineer to invent the very same machine. With virtually unlimited resources, this well know engineer, worked for sometime to invent this machine, and at his grand test¿ Failed, miserably. After that, is was thought to be impossible¿yet¿ two relatively young, bicycle repairmen of all things, went to a little known place in north Carolina¿ and did the impossible. They flew¿ no government funding. No army of engineers and work me, Just two men with a dream, and determination. What this book is suggesting, is we need to teach our children, how to learn. How you look and see things for them selves. And to use their own minds creatively. And that is how problems will be solved, the global warming basis is purely and easy way of doing this. Since all we hear is, with some exaggeration, ¿the sky is falling¿ but when you look deep into the science. Much of what is said. Doesn¿t work, and the rest. Is open for interpretation. Thinking for your self, Is the only solution.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2008

    And life's a bowl of (pesticide-ridden) cherries

    While it's always important to examine all sides of an issue, overall this book scares the daylights out of me. It encourages our children to ignore the obvious signs of our planet's distress. And THEY, even more than their parents will be the ones to suffer for the neglect. Don't be swayed by this false 'science.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2008

    The sky will fall

    Global warming is happening and convinving our young people that it's not, isn't going to help. They're our future and allowing them to ignore it will only make matters worse.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2008

    A reviewer

    What a refreshing look at the environment and the part each of us and our children will play in its future. Since it is written for the younger reader it is also an excellent resource for any age to begin to understand the basics. There is enough in here to make anyone think critically about the big picture. While I'm sure its not 100% accurate, by simply showing all the timeline data this book is a step ahead of the doomsday science that is being forced upon us. And most importantly...it offers a challenge to understand the world on a personal level and take action, instead of expecting the government to 'define' and then 'solve' our problems.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2008

    A reviewer

    Whether the world is going to end because of global warming or not, it is still an issue. This book tells kids (the people that will be dealing with the major effects of global warming) that its no big deal.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2007

    Excellent book that promotos free thinking among our kids

    This is a great book and I bought it because it's imperative to provide 2 views to our kids in regards worldwide problems. It's incredible how the people that's supposed to allow and promote freedom, encourages censorship and considers Al Gore opinion as dogma. After what I have read, there's no doubt that the left is using Global Warming as an excuse to create more government control by proposing new taxes that are supposed to alleviate this problem. Al Gore is a hypocrite, he travels using a private Jet that creates a lot of pollution 'he should travel on commercial planes' and his house consumes 10 times more energy than the average house in the US.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2007

    Unbalanced and absurd

    Holly Fretwell has gotten into Rush Limbaugh's illegal perscription drugs. Her climate science is all wrong in this political children's book. Science shouldn't be politicized, particularly in children's books. Given Ms. Fretwell's background, it is clear her intent is not to explain the facts of climate science and hope for future generations helping us solve these problems. She clearly wishes to sell books to conservatives. Unfortunately it is our children's future we gamble away when factual errors and bad science are published in this book. For example, Ms. Hartwell writes that that the earth has been warmer before and we just have to adapt to the new climate. TRUTH - the earth is warming to levels HUMANS have never experienced on earth before and this trend is rapidly increasing. Our actions need to reflect this. But instead of taking a non-political view on this science consensus 'See the IPCC report', Ms. Hartwell dangerously tells the reader not to worry. Worse than that, the book discourages our youth to solve the problems we've created and will continue to contribute to, recommending they instead research things like AIDS and HIV. This is misguided and disheartening. As a public health professional, I agree AIDS, TB, malaria and many other pandemics need our attention but curbing climate change also deserves the attention of our future scientists - it doesn't have to be an either/or choice. In fact, studying multiple-disciplines creates smarter solutions. Many diseases, for example, will increase in number and spread more rapidly under warming conditions. How about an M.D., epidemiologist and climatologist? A more optimistic and encourage position for a youth-targeted book would have been to recommend young scientists to seek out solutions in the many and varied disciplines that intersect health and our environment. This book is clearly right-wing propaganda and should firmly remain unpurchased on the shelves in bookstores.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2007

    Sky's Not Falling: Why It's OK to Chill about Global Warming

    This book is filled with misinformation and is an embarrassment. Even the Bush Administration and Exxon Mobil are now admitting to the overwhelming science on Global Warming. We have thousands of scientist worldwide saying the same thing -- the recent warming trend can only be attributed to man-made greenhouse gases (i.e. CO2 from burning fossil fuels). There are not more than a handful of non-peer reviewed PhDs or not even PhDs claiming the opposite probably just so that they can get some attention. The author of this book is not even a climate scientist. Why else would the CO2 concentration in the athmosphere have gone up from 280ppm (pre-industrial levels) to 380ppm today? Because we are emmitting CO2 in massive amounts. You think that won't have an impact? Yes, the earth was warmer a long time ago and that meant a totally different climate. Do we want to go back to that?? We now know that we have an impact on the climate and that's why we should try to undo the damage we have already done and prevent future damage. It is sad that the authors want to misinform children. Who wants more air pollution and dependence on dirty fossil fuels? Yes, we should not scare our children too much but we should encourage them at the same time. After all, it's their future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2007

    Sky's Not Falling: Why It's OK to Chill about Global Warming

    This book discourages kids to work on climate-related work instead of encouraging them to do all kinds of different things helping out society. Also, some facts are just plain wrong and the science represented in this book is also not mainstream at all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2007

    So wrong it's unintentionally funny

    If you belong to the Flat Earth Society, or, if you just like burying your head in the sand like an ostrich, this book is for you! Some instances of this book's 'fun facts' include, but are not limited to the following (no kidding): there are more acres of forest lands in the United States today than there were in 1920. This statement must be forgetting all of the massive development over the last 87 years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2007

    do not show this to kids

    The author of this book is clearly living in fantasyland. I agree with many of the other reviewers that we shouldnt scare our kids, but we also should not be dishonest and hide them from what is known to be the truth. Interesting note from reviewer below how this author has no scientific credibility. Maybe she has stock in Exxon Mobil? Whatever her reason, it is very sad that still today we have people who would rather cover their eyes(and our kids' eyes) to the truth than take steps to ensure the well-being of our kids and future generations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2007

    A thoughtful look at the fallacy of global warning

    This book is an excellent antidote to the silly 'chicken little' scaremongers' book that was recently published by Laurie David. In David's book she quotes the distorted views of has-been politicians and pseudoscience promoters who would make you believe that partial truths and photoshopped 'evidence' of global warming should not be ignored. Anyone can lie with statistics and partial graphs of cooling and warming cycles that we have experienced since man appeared and long before that. Holly Fretwell shows you the complete graphs of temperature change cycles and explains how incomplete data can mislead the gullible and the children unlucky enough to be taught by treehuggers. It is, indeed, the antidote to the bovine excrement shoveled in ton lots by AlGore and Laurie Davis and the other usual suspects. The problems with our signing the Kyoto agreement are also covered, including China's exemption from having to agree to it. Just what we need to give China, India and other exempt nations an even better economic advantage over our country. Bully for you Holly Fretwell! Your book should be required reading for every student and it wouldn't hurt the parents to read it carefully too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2007

    Give Our Children Both Sides of the Argument!

    It's okay to offer children an alternative to the one-sided arguments with which they are bombarded. Believe it or not, most of them are thoughtful and insightful and, if given all sides of an issue, will sort it out for themselves quite well. The demagogues in charge of public education and in the media/entertainment field need to know that they don't own the minds and hearts of America's young people. Why not offer this antidote to what is out there and let young students come to their own INFORMED conclusions? I am a school librarian and will offer this title to my students.

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