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Luz Makes a Splash (The Future According to Luz) Hardcover – August 1, 2012

3.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
Book 2 of 2 in the Luz Series

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Watch out, water wasters! Luz and her friends are back to save the day and the earth. In this delightful sequel to Luz Sees the Light (2011), Luz, Rob, and Anika return to help save their local pond from pollution and the neighborhood garden from drying up. The second title in the Future According to Luz series is a great introduction to green living. In addition to cursory directions on how to recycle “greywater” using a natural water filtration system, Davila includes directions on how to create a water-wise garden. This fun, community-building story would be a great addition to environmental science curricula and might even spark a science fair project or two. Grades 4-7. --Candice Mack

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... a great introduction to green living. ... This fun, community-building story would be a great addition to environmental science curricula and might even spark a science fair project or two.―Booklist Online

This is an entertaining and empowering read, and should inspire many children to find out how they can make a difference in their communities.―School Library Journal

... colorful and full of action.―Publishers Weekly

... a refreshingly animated exercise in building community and awareness ...―Kirkus Reviews
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 390L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Future According to Luz (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554537622
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554537624
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #906,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
How can young readers learn about something as abstract as water conservation? This graphic novel for elementary grades introduces wise water-usage in a kid-friendly package. It’s part of a two-book series called The Future According to Luz. The companion book is entitled Luz Sees the Light. Luz Makes a Splash is built around an eponymous character and a community of friends and family whose lives are affected in multiple ways by scorching temperatures and drought conditions. Gardens are drying up. So is a city park and Luz’s favorite spring-fed pond. It turns out that a nearby soft-drink company is tapping groundwater to manufacture its cola products, and this contributes to the pond’s receding water level. A group of citizens mobilizes to address the problem. Meanwhile, Luz learns about rain barrels and a natural system for filtering household water used for cooking and washing (gray water). One of the story’s characters converts his sod lawn into a rock garden built around indigenous plants capable of thriving in drought conditions.

The author-illustrator of Luz Makes a Splash is Chilean-Canadian. She has made her energetic, intelligent and community-minded main character a Latina. Ethnic identity doesn’t figure into the story, but what a nice way to counteract stereotypes of Latinxs.

This is a book with a message. Some readers will find fault with its didactic approach and the fact that the characters are not given a broader story, but taken as a teaching tool, it delivers solid information that can be used to launch explorations into drought, government-enforced water restrictions, and smart solutions for reducing water waste and keeping gardens green during low-water conditions.
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Format: Paperback
This graphic novel by Claudia Dávila tells the story of Luz, her friends and members of her community as they fight the effects of a drought. Everyone does what they can to fight the abuse of local resources and extend the life of the water they have.

The story addresses friendship and water conservation in a very comfortable manner.

The art is pleasant to look at. The expressions of the various characters are clear.

I recommend this book to young readers.
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Format: Paperback
What a horrible book for children. I don't want my 4 year old daughter being bombarded by evil corporations, global warming, immigration issues, and draconian measures used to fight against it. Seriously, keep your propeganda away from my kids. Unfortunately this book found its way home after a trip to the library with grandma. I got half way into the first chapter and I had to tell my little girl that we couldn't finish this book. Its a progressive's wet dream. It has everything in it, especially the part about brainwashing your child early into their groupthink mentality. Maybe the rest of the book tones it down, but that first chapter was like a two by four of liberalism to the face. No thank you. I will let my daughter grow up a little first so she at least has some skeptisism to question everything she is told or reads.
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