May 9, 2012

Global warming

This is My Planet: The Kids' Guide to Global Warming
by Jan Thornhill

Beginning with a look at how the Earth works and how climate is supposed to work, readers are then shown how rising temperatures affect the plants, animals, and humans in the Far North and South. An examination of how global warming affects oceans and land follows. The book ends on a positive note with some of the simple things we can do to protect our world.

What makes this book good is how it successfully presents a serious topic in a non-frightening way. Information is delivered in small bits, contained in separate text boxes, with colorful backgrounds. The many photographs are dramatic, yet fun at the same time. The writing is matter-of-fact and even in tone, highlighting key facts without being hysterical. 

An excellent, intelligent book.

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