Mission Planet Earth is written by Sally Ride and Tam O'Shaugnessy on one of those topics that is very close to my heart. I think that kids today really really really need to read as many books about saving our planet as possible, in order to truly understand what the future generations are facing in terms of conservation, energy use, and how we have broken our Planet Earth with our actions.
This book is a pretty basic introduction into what we as humans have done to the planet with our wastefulness, pollution, and overuse of natural resources. Parts read a bit technically, but for the most part, we get a clear overview of the issues. There are some pretty awesome (yet devastating) photographs that accompany the text and further explain the need to take some serious action when it comes to the planet.
Before seeing this book I had no idea that Sally Ride, the first woman in space, had written books! Apparently she's written a few others as well, but I was pretty impressed with this one. A very nice addition to libraries.
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Mission Planet Earth
Sally Ride and Tam O'Shaugnessy
Roaring Brook Press (Flash Point)