Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Heroes of the Environment (YA/MG Non-Fiction)

I loved this little gem of a non-fiction book! I'm a pretty big fan of anything "go-green" related, but Heroes of the Environment actually brings the people working behind the scenes at cleaning up our environment to the public eye and helps the reader to realize that a lot of times, a simple dream as a kid can turn into a reality that helps everyone on the planet.

Author Harriet Rohmer and illustrator Julie McLaughlin work together at showcasing 12 different individuals doing remarkable to protect the planet, including Barry Guillot, a middle school Science teacher in Louisiana, who has formed an organization (with his students), that explains how vital wetlands are to the New Orleans area. In fact, three months before Hurricane Katrina, the group performed a demonstration in the French Quarter, exhibiting just what flood waters could potentially do to the city if the wetlands were ignored. Ironically enough, their point was proven at the end of the summer.

Other stories like Barry Guillot's fill the book. From city farming to putting a stop to mountain top destruction in West Virginia, the reader is able to see how the simplest of ideas can turn into planet saving plans.

The chapters are kept short and to the point, not bogged down with text or heavy factual information. Photographs and line drawings are mixed in, giving visual appeal, though the true focus is on the people showcased in the chapters. I was touched by a lot of their desires to help improve our environment.

A great resource for projects, classrooms, etc. A portion of the proceeds from the sale will support the efforts of the Natural Resources Defence Council....so buy it for the library!!

Heroes of the Environment: True Stories of People Who Are Helping to Protect Our Planet
Harriet Rohmer
110 pages
Chronicle Books
August 2009
Review copy provided by Amazon Vine program

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Debi said...

Oh, this really does sound like a great one...thanks, Amanda! I love books that show kids that they really can make a difference. :D

Mary Ann Scheuer said...

Yay! I'm so glad you discovered this as well. It's wonderful and hasn't been getting noticed much.

Any chance you might want to nominate it for a Cybils nonfiction award? I already nominated one in this category... Nominations are due this Thursday.

Amanda said...

Mary Ann,

I already did nominate this one...the second or third day of nominations :)

Mary Ann Scheuer said...

Amanda, so sorry I didn't see that! I know it's an amazing year for nonfiction, but I hope it draws some attention to this wonderful little book. Hope you have a great weekend! Mary Ann

Harriet said...

Hi Amanda and Mary Ann,

I'm Harriet Rohmer, author of Heroes of the Environment.

Thanks for the nice comments. Thought you might like to know that the heroes I wrote about are using the book to help raise funds for their nonprofit organizations.Big party for Barry's group on the shores of the Mississippi River. I'll be signing books with Barry and his students! Best, Harriet