Sarah's Stars

Laurie David and Cambria Gordon.
The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming
Scholastic  $19.99  ISBN 978-0-439-02494-5  112 pg.
Reviewed by Joe, Age 13

Hungry polar bears have been spotted in Halifax and Ontario, Canada, foraging for food in people's garbage cans. While it might seem like fun to have a polar bear in the city, it's exactly the opposite. It's dangerous for both humans and bears to come into contact with each other, especially when the bears are scared and confused, so far away from the sea ice that is their home.

The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming was informational and fun to read and reminds me of another book, You can Save the Planet, with a similar theme. The book itself is environmentally friendly, as it is printed on post-consumer waste recycled paper and the text inside the book is soy ink. I recommend this book to readers 10 and up because if younger kids read it perhaps they can convince their parents to make changes around their house.

I liked this guide to global warming; it was interesting, well organized, and it had good subjects. It had fact boxes on the pages, providing other ways to put more information on the page. The book's Table of Contents was split into four groups, just like the book. Some pictures were drawn, plus there were also photos. In fact, the pictures helped me understand some of the subjects. The book was enjoyable because it talked about issues that are serious, very important, and need to be dealt with.

I give The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming 4 environmentally friendly stars.


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