Gr 4-6-Focusing on the interconnections that bring together all living things, these titles challenge children to think globally and act locally. Wildlife discusses habitats, changing weather, greed, and vanishing species. Water concentrates on the need to preserve the fresh water available to sustain life and to minimize both use and pollution. Each two-page chapter includes a highlighted question, while sidebars give suggestions for simple experiments."You Can Do It" sections offer practical ideas that will enable youngsters to participate in maintaining a healthy planet. The unrelenting bad news regarding the condition of the Earth detailed in both books is mitigated by the suggestion that children can, and perhaps must, take action no matter how minor these acts may seem. Turning off lights, buying only what is needed, and being careful about what is put down household drains are all actions that can help raise environmental awareness. The busy pages with full-color photos, diagrams, and varied typeface will appeal to both browsers and report writers.-Eva Elisabeth VonAncken, Trinity-Pawling School, Pawling, NY Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.