How to Save the Planet by Barbara Taylor

How to Save the Planet. By Barbara Taylor. Illus. by Scoular Anderson.  Scholastic, Inc., 2001.  96 pages. $16.00

Content: “So, why does the Earth need saving?  Well, to put it bluntly, because of us!”  But, don’t despair, because How to Save the Planet is HERE!  This book provides answers to WHAT the problems facing the earth are, things like pollution of the earth, sky and oceans, destruction of natural habitats, and depletion of natural resources.  It explains WHY these things have happened, and it explains WHO can do something about it – US!  In easy to read, accessible text and cartoon-like illustrations, this book breaks down a serious topic into digestible parts.  Entertaining and informative, How to Save the Planet meets younger tweens at their level about a topic both interesting and important to many of them.

Review: Written in an informal style that tweens can easily understand, How to Save the Planet a great way for younger tweens to learn about the, potentially overwhelming, topic of the environment.  With wit and playfulness Taylor gives tweens knowledge, insights and, perhaps most importantly, information about what they themselves can do to make a difference. Chapters cover the ozone layer, global warming, air pollution, water pollution, energy, transportation, garbage and recycling, and habitats; and each chapter ends with a “Go for Green” section, which starts: “Here are some things you can do to…” There are also “Be an Earth Scientist” experiments to help demonstrate some of the concepts in the book, “Check Acid Levels in Your Rain” and “Make Recycled Paper” for example. Taking a huge topic and summing it up in fewer than 100 pages is a big job, and How to Save the Planet manages to do it quite well.

Genre(s): Non-fiction, Science

Reading/Interest Level: 8-10 years

Available in: Hardcover, Paperback

ISBN: 9780531146408

Similar Books: The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming, 50 Simple Things Kids Can Do to Save the Earth, Earth Explained

Subjects: environment, ozone layer, global warming, air pollution, water pollution, energy, transportation, garbage, recycling, habitats, conservation, wildlife, earth science

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