Water conservation is one of our planet's most pressing environmental issues. This book, part of the "Earth SOS" series that focuses on presenting major problems with the environment and provides suggestions for improving the condition of the planet, focuses on explaining the limited supply of water in the world, presents an informative overview of the problems the entire world faces as our clean water supply grows ever more scarce, and offers simple solutions for how we can conserve this vital resource. The book is divided into thirteen, two-page chapters, each focusing on a different big concept. For example, the first chapter presents general information about the world's water supply; the second chapter focuses on the water cycle; and the third explores the difference between fresh and salt water. The two-page chapter concept is intriguing and effective for this book, since all the information covered is presented in a single spread and each spread could stand alone as a short introduction to the concept presented, as well as reinforcing the overall concept. Scattered throughout each spread are short factoids, including "On the Ground, " and "Eco Thought, " which offer readers interesting facts and figures about water worldwide. "Try This" sidebars invite readers to do some hands-on experimentation. Also included are a glossary, a "Fast Facts" page of more factoids, websites for more information, and an index. The four-color photographs and the bright and busy layout of this excellent resource will also appeal to young readers. Reviewer: Lauri Berkenkamp
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6–These books read like accessible, over-the-top encyclopedia entries, with facts and statistics so captivating that students will want to read more. Each title outlines the history of the topic, defining terms and providing diagrams as needed, with the focus then shifting to possible solutions. A “What Can We Do?” section concludes each volume, and provides practical steps that students can take to improve the conditions addressed in the book. Other useful features include “Fact Files” containing interesting (un-cited) facts related to the topic, and thorough indexes. Though the British English might raise a few terminology questions, the books’ large print and color photographs will make this series attractive to readers, especially those who are struggling.