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A Hot Planet Needs Cool Kids: Understanding Climate Change and What You Can Do About It Paperback – November 1, 2007

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Cool kids can only get cooler once they take in the vibrant and colorful vision of change in this book. Every page offers a morsel of insight relevant to kids' lives and the planet's future. Cool kids may have to fight their moms and dads for the chance to read it first! Once both generations catch the spirit of hope from this book, we'll change the nation--and the world. --U.S. Congressman Jay Inslee, author of Apollo's Fire: Igniting America's Clean Energy Economy<br /><br />What an important book for kids and grownups to read. From down-to-earth descriptions of the greenhouse effect to what's really going on in our climate, A Hot Planet Needs Cool Kids empowers readers with solid, no-nonsense information as well as giving them tools to make a difference. With clear, accessible text, rich images, and thought-provoking activities, this book is a must-have in any science classroom and is a powerful tool to put in the hands of all of our children. --Lynn Brunelle, Emmy-winning writer for Bill Nye the Science Guy and author of Pop Bottle Science<br /><br />What's so dangerous about global warming is that it leaves many people feeling hopeless, as if nothing they could do would matter. This fine book makes it clear that that's not the case, and from changing light bulbs to changing laws, it shows young people how they are able to help. --Bill McKibben, author of Fight Global Warming Now and End of Nature

What an important book for kids and grownups to read. From down-to-earth descriptions of the greenhouse effect to what's really going on in our climate, A Hot Planet Needs Cool Kids empowers readers with solid, no-nonsense information as well as giving them tools to make a difference. With clear, accessible text, rich images, and thought-provoking activities, this book is a must-have in any science classroom and is a powerful tool to put in the hands of all of our children. --Lynn Brunelle, Emmy-winning writer for Bill Nye the Science Guy and author of Pop Bottle Science

What's so dangerous about global warming is that it leaves many people feeling hopeless, as if nothing they could do would matter. This fine book makes it clear that that's not the case, and from changing light bulbs to changing laws, it shows young people how they are able to help. --Bill McKibben, author of Fight Global Warming Now and End of Nature

About the Author

Julie Hall is the author of numerous science and social studies curriculum books for children. Her award-winning poetry has been anthologized and appeared in magazines, including The Nation and The Threepenny Review. She cofounded ProgressiveKid, a planet-friendly online company for kids and families. She is a regular contributor to On a Ledge, a blog about progressive parenting and green living. She lives on an island in Puget Sound.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Green Goat Books; 1st edition (November 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615155855
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615155852
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 8.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,339,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Carol Steinhart on March 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
This seems to be a fine and timely book. I confess I did not read it in its entirety, I only browsed the random selections offered online. However, I was greatly disturbed by the assertion in the very first selection offered that carbon monoxide is the ugly black smoke that comes from...whatever. It contrasts carbon monoxide with carbon dioxide, which is invisible, has no odor, etc. WRONG WRONG WRONG! Carbon monoxide is every bit as invisible and odorless as carbon dioxide! This is a very concerning error, and I hope there are no more of them to weaken the book.
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Ignore the climate change deniers and critics here. This is an outstanding book that should be in every middle school classroom and every politician's hands. There is a reason the National Science Teachers Association endorsed this book—it's the best thing around for teaching kids (and adults) about the science, social, and political issues around climate change. The language is clear and respectful, the illustrations are engaging, and the message is empowering rather than hopeless. The book was unavailable for a while, but I was delighted to recently find it on the author's website julialhall.com. Read it! Share it!
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In a culture where global warming and being green are becoming household names, A Hot Planet Needs Cool Kids helps to deshroud some of the mystery of these terms-- and in language that we can ALL understand without having a science degree.

If you are a parent- buy this book. If you are an educator- buy this book. If you are a kid- get your parent's permission- and then buy this book. Definitely if you are a politician... please BUY THIS BOOK.
The pictures are terrific, and it's chock full of great activities to expand upon the text. A Hot Planet Needs Cool Kids is a great resource for the classroom, or the family library.

Written by two authors who practice what they preach in green living, this book will empower you to make green choices in your life, but also to know WHY they matter. A Hot Planet Needs Cool Kids isn't scary and full of doomsday-- it's a book full of common language explanations and sends a message of hope for our planet, written for our future--our kids.
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While the author's heart is in the right place, she has no business writing a science book. There are many many fundamental science errors in the book; even my high school aged son picked out a bunch of them. There is a thing called editorial review and and fact checking, neither of which the author sought out; it is a pity because there are many fine aspects of the book.
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