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Heroes of the Environment

True Stories of People Who Are Helping to Protect Our Planet

By Harriet Rohmer,Illustrated by Julie McLaughlin

6-1/2 x 8-1/4 in; 112 pp;
full-color throughout, ages 7-14
Guided Reading Level: S
Hardcover
July 2009
ISBN 9780811867795
ISBN10 081186779X

SKU# 9780811867795

$16.99
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This inspiring book presents the true stories of 12 people from across North America who have done great things for the environment. Heroes include a teenage girl who figured out how to remove an industrial pollutant from the Ohio River, a Mexican superst...
Heroes of the Environment


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Heroes of the Environment

This inspiring book presents the true stories of 12 people from across North America who have done great things for the environment. Heroes include a teenage girl who figured out how to remove an industrial pollutant from the Ohio River, a Mexican superstar wrestler who works to protect turtles and whales, and a teenage boy from Rhode Island who helped his community and his state develop effective e-waste recycling programs. Plenty of photographs and illustrations bring each compelling story vividly to life.

 

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6-1/2 x 8-1/4 in; 112 pp;
full-color throughout, ages 7-14
Guided Reading Level: S
Hardcover
July 2009
ISBN 9780811867795
ISBN10 081186779X

Harriet Rohmer is the founder and former publisher/executive director of Children's Book Press, the award-winning publisher of bilingual and multicultural picture books. Her books have won over 100 major awards and many have become classics, including artist Carmen Lomas Garza's Family Pictures/Cuadros de familia. She lives in San Francisco.

Julie McLaughlin is an illustrator living in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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Heroes of the Environment

\\\"The mantra of the environmental movement is ìthink globally, act locally,î and this book offers examples of local heroes who are helping to save the planet....Stories come from all across America and include a diverse group of men and women, making this volume of interest to a broad audience.\\\"

School Library Journal2010-01-01 00:00:00

Heroes of the Environment

\\\"This little book packs a big punch...\\\"

Sierra Clubís The Green Life Blog2009-10-07 00:00:00

Heroes of the Environment

\\\"The powerful mix of personal stories with crucial environmental and social issues will be a call to action for young readers, who will want to move on to the final section: ëHow You Can Get Involved.í \\\"

Booklist2009-12-01 00:00:00

Heroes of the Environment

\\\"...provides plenty of encouragement for concerned young readers.\\\"

Kirkus Reviews2009-10-01 00:00:00

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Inspirational read for all ages

Inspirational read for all ages

10/11/11| Li Miao Lovett
There’s something about hero stories that make us feel hopeful and good about ourselves. Harriet Rohmer’s Heroes of the Environment goes beyond that. It’s easy nowadays to pat ourselves on the back for planting a tree or two while the forests are dying. Her collection of real people going to bat for the environment shows them doing extraordinary things – like designing an “eco-machine” that could clean up entire watersheds – and yet they come from ordinary backgrounds. The profiles are written in a language accessible for young people, but she doesn’t shy away from technical terms like APFO (ammonium perfluorooctanoate, used to make Teflon). Ms. Rohmer captures the courage of activists who stand up to corporations – not an easy thing to do – but stresses that it takes a community to make change happen. These heroes are committed and serious, but they also have a sense of humor. One young man started a business in salvaging and reusing construction materials, only to have his mother say, “I sacrificed so you could go to school to learn to pick up trash?” He didn’t give up. And neither did the 11-year-old who kept electronic waste out of the landfill; his program has expanded to Mexico and three African countries. Ms. Rohmer’s heroes inspire us with their pluckiness, and might just give lead a young reader down the path to their own eco-quests.

Engaging Book for Kids

Engaging Book for Kids

10/11/11| America Jane
I found this book when I was looking for a book to help my son with an activity he had to do as a Wolf scout. He had to read three stories about people helping our world. What a great resource I found in this book! Not only were all our stories in one place, but they were interesting and accessible to my 8-year-old. We both enjoyed reading the stories, and were especially fascinated by the eco-machine. I appreciated how the stories involve children in some way, often talking about how the person being profiled was impacted by issues as a child and how they came to help solve the problem as an adult. Whether my child chooses to make a career out of helping the environment is up to him, but either way I loved how this book demonstrates that we can make a difference in our world and follow our passions, whatever those may be. Thanks for writing this great book. (I gave a little plug about it on my America Jane Speaks blog while I was at it. This book is a great resource for parents.)