From School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up–Not just another book about the environment, this volume is organized around a five-stage concept of service learning: investigation, preparation, action, reflection, and demonstration. Each one is explained in detail with numerous examples of real teens making a difference in their communities. Other outstanding features include fact-filled sidebars, stories about scientists, full-color charts, and an abundance of high-quality photos. The book looks at bodies of water across the globe, including the Great Lakes, the Mekong River, and the Arctic Ocean. It addresses such topics as oil spills, droughts, floods, lack of clean drinking water, and plastic that litters beaches and forms gyres in the ocean. The reference section includes websites and an extensive bibliography tied to the stages of service learning. The authors focus on water resources but their techniques can be applied to other environmental issues. Earth science and ecology instructors will find this to be a valuable resource for planning active learning exercises.–Patricia Ann Owens, Illinois Eastern Community Colleges. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Co-written by Jacques Cousteau’s grandson, this broad-reaching call to action introduces basic concepts about global water protection and what teens can do to help. Through stories of young people around the world, the chapters define service learning and delineate the stages of this interactive approach to education: investigation, preparation, action, reflection, and demonstration. Designed for browsing, each packed spread combines clearly explained scientific concepts with lists, diagrams, and eye-opening statistics, such as a chart that lists how much water is required to make everyday items, from a sheet of paper (2 gallons) to a cotton T-shirt (700 gallons). Despite their small size, the color photos deliver a high impact; for example, with contrasting images of a coral reef, first bursting with vibrant color, then bleached by rising ocean temperatures into an underwater ghost world. With a balance of sobering facts and inspiring accounts of communities creating real change, this welcome title will attract a broad range of student researchers, casual readers, and committed activists, who will particularly benefit from the extensive resource lists. Grades 6-10. --Gillian Engberg