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“The thrilling idea, the book concludes, is that Samso is ‘not very different from where you live.’ Your community doesn't need wind; it needs a spark, to get people to think and work together.” -- Los Angeles Times

Energy Island opens with the power of wind captured by a pinwheel, an illustration that neatly encapsulates this remarkably accessible book about the path to energy independence on the Danish island of Samso.” –The New York Times Book Review

“In this first title in a planned series of picture books about sustainable energy, Drummond combines winsome, kinetic, ink-and-wash illustrations with a succinct, simply phrased, smoothly flowing narrative that describes how Samsø transformed itself.” –Starred, Booklist

"The illustrations further personalize the story with energy of their own as they bring Samsø and its residents to life." –Starred, School Library Journal

“The message is clear: An initially unconcerned community banded together and took steps that led to their current fame as a model of environmental action; we other residents of the island that is planet Earth can do that, too.” –Kirkus Reviews

“Energy independence may not seem like a gripping topic for a picture book, but Drummond (Tin Lizzie) tells the story of the Danish island of Samsø so engagingly that families may find themselves considering wind turbines for their backyards.” –Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Author/illustrator Allan Drummond studied at the Royal College of Art. His many books include Tin Lizzie, a Green Earth Honor Book. He lives in Savannah, Georgia ,where he is Chair of Illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 920L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374321841
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374321840
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.4 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Catherine W. Hughes on May 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
When the Danish Ministry of Environment chooses Samso, an island in the middle of Denmark, to rely on renewable energy, a teacher named Soren Hermansen takes the lead. The people on the island build a wind turbine, start to use solar panels and biomass, and drive electric cars and bicycles. The island creates new learning center, the Energy Academy, for people of all ages. The center, led by Soren Hermansen, keeps making the most of renewable sources of energy on Samso or Energy Island. This timely picture book about renewable energy will be enjoyed by children ages 5-8.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Sack VINE VOICE on September 28, 2011
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This is a true story of Samso Island in Denmark. The people that live there have worked to make the entire island energy independent. It is told in story book form, bringing it down to the level at which kids can understand it. It may inspire children to try and become more energy independent, I know it inspired me! In the side bars there is more detailed information for older kids. This book is perfect for classroom type settings when learning about alternative energy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Demoin on August 2, 2011
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This book really catalogs the progression from once energy dependent island to an energy independent island. Great for younger students (4th grade to 6th grade). It has definitions in the margins that really lead to more questions that even your student can investigate further if he/she is interested.
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What a cool and inspirational book! Energy Island is a non-fiction book that covers our worlds over use of fossil fuels, the harm they cause to the environment, and alternative renewable energy sources that can be used instead. One island community, Samso, located in the middle of the Denmark Sea has revolutionized the way they power their homes, business, and vehicles; becoming 100% energy independent.

Every little bit helps to lessen our environment footprint here on this great big island and our home Earth. A Wonderful story that will get anyone motivated to be more energy conscious.
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