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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 1070L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 110 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (August 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081186779X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811867795
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 6.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 5–9—The mantra of the environmental movement is "think globally, act locally," and this book offers examples of local heroes who are helping to save the planet. Maps, illustrations, and photographs are used to good effect. Each of the 12 chapters tells the story of a person doing his/her part to preserve our environment. Debby Tewa works to bring solar energy to Indian Country, and Sarah James speaks on behalf of the Gwich'in Indian Peoples of Alaska and Canada who want to save the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil drilling. Judy Bonds, a community activist in West Virginia, works to bring an end to mountaintop removal mining; and Omar Freilla founded ReBuilders Source, a New York City-based company that recycles building materials. Stories come from all across America and include a diverse group of men and women, making this volume of interest to a broad audience. A final section offers information on how readers can get involved in their own communities.—Patricia Ann Owens, Wabash Valley College, Mt. Carmel, IL
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Rather than featuring the usual roundup of environmental heroes, this title spotlights 12 contemporary conservationists who are working to fight pollution in cities, oceans, and wetlands, from Alaska to Mexico City. Many of the featured activists are young people. At age 11, Alex Lin started a campaign in Rhode Island for the safe disposal of electronic waste (“Today’s technology should not become tomorrow’s toxic trash”). Erica Fernandez, a teenage Mexican immigrant in California, led a successful fight to prevent a pipeline that would transport highly explosive gas through her neighborhood. Julia Bonds, a coal-miner’s daughter in Appalachia, is working to replace coal with wind power. The book’s format is lackluster, but the black-and-white photos do show the individuals at work in their communities. The powerful mix of personal stories with crucial environmental and social issues will be a call to action for young readers, who will want to move on to the final section: “How You Can Get Involved.” Grades 6-10. --Hazel Rochman

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I highly recommend this book for teachers of school children grades 6 - 12.
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The heroes are all courageous and determined, but are also very real people, so kids reading the book will believe that they, too, can make a difference.
Dorothy Hearst
Filled with real stories of real people who have made and continue to make a difference, it is both inspirational and motivational.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ace VINE VOICE on September 3, 2009
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I would think that anyone who reads this book would be inspired by the actions of these "everyday" (many of them young) people and the way they have inspired others, and CHANGED their neighborhoods and others for the better.

This book stresses the "Majority of One" concept -- where a person with an idea can bring that idea to successful fruition, no matter how little they have to begin with, in the way of resources (money, tools, authority, prestige).

From a young Hopi woman comes the power of Solar electricity in her reservation -- and overseas, as she travels with her crew (some of them her fellow-students), teaching others about solar electricity and how to implement it in their own village(s).

A young student (11 years old) reads about electronic trash (e-waste) and out of his concern he creates a company that recycles computers and keeps them from polluting the ground water -- and this project too, has gone international.

A young lady (purloining her father's windshield wipers and using them as electrodes!!) discovers a way to clean polluted water.

A woman saves her beloved mountains in West Virginia.

A woman saves her community from fatally-filthy air.

A man posts "Fire your Boss" signs as a prelude to hiring eager young (and old) people to create and maintain self-sustaiing gardens "City Farms".

A famous wrestler in Mexico inspires his adoring fans, young kids, to go out there and keep their world clean and pollution-free. He teaches kids about flood control in their own villages and the importance of ensuring clean water for their familes and for future families in their village.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B.L. on August 26, 2009
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I am very happy with the quality of this book. The stories are well written and contain excellent messages about how you can do good things for the environment and for your community at the same time. Even if you didn't necessarily care about the environment very much as a topic specifically, there's a lot to be said for the way these stories show real people who created real change in their communities and sometimes did it by standing up for what they believed in the face of others who weren't necessarily eager to listen.

I actually got this book as something to read from time to time to my six-year-old nephew. I feel like he's probably a couple of years too young to grasp some of the finer points of the sections we've read so far, but he did enjoy them and it gave me openings to talk to him about things like how plants grow and how solar power works.

Each story is just a few pages long, which works well with a kid's attention span. Most pages have some kind of picture to go along with the text, sometimes a photograph and sometimes a drawing. I felt like the illustration style and the pictures they chose to add fit very well with the tone and the target audience of the book.

On the whole, it's well written, it includes enough detail that it explains how big the impact was in some cases without getting so tied up in numbers that it's boring, and it shows some very good examples of people who stepped up and did things to make life better. I highly recommend it for kids in elementary school.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Bell VINE VOICE on September 24, 2009
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With 12 examples of how regular everyday people are making an impact on environmental concerns, readers can see how easy it is to identify what they are passionate about and how to do something about it. Throughout the US and in Mexico, students, teachers, inventors, and masked wrestlers are finding ways to stand out and stand up for their beliefs.

Whether it's getting a big oil company to relocate residents of a polluted town, saving the caribou of the Porcupine River, bringing solar power to a Hopi Indian Reservation in Arizona, or protecting the turtles in San Ignacio Lagoon, these participants started with wanting to help and became the change they wanted to see in the world.

With Rohmer's writing and McLaughlin's illustrations, this is a sure-win for anyone interested in environmental concerns or how to show our students and our children that the impossible has been done before. The chapter on "how to get involved" is brilliant and shows how ordinary people made an extraordinary difference.

This was published by Chronicle Books in support of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book will support the council's efforts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dave Millman TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 2, 2009
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Every school library and community library in the country, or even the world, should have this book. I am not gushing, I am just stating facts. This book teaches children (and adults) how to save the planet.

We all hear about how the planet is going to heck, but this is a nebulous concept to most people, beyond saving gas and recycling plastic bags. This book gives a dozen examples of how real people took action to stop habitat destruction, clean polluted water, and stop innapropriate development. Some of the heroes are teens who took action to save their communities-these are particularly moving.

Each story is just a few pages, short enough to read in a classroom setting or for a homework reading assignment. At our house, we are going reading one chapter a night and discussing what it must have been like for the people who were forced to move because their town's air had been poisoned by a refinery, or whose local environment was being destroyed by coal companies blasting away mountain tops. This makes the stories very real.

Highly recommended. 5 stars!
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