Energy island : how one community harnessed the wind and changed their world (#0581PV9)

by Drummond, Allan

8 reviews & awards | 6 full-text reviews

FollettBound Sewn Square Fish, Francis Foster Books, Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2015
Price: USD 17.20
Description: 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 26 cm
Dewey: 333.9; Int Lvl: K-3; Rd Lvl: 5.4
AR 5.4 LG .5 142621EN; RC 5.4 2; LEX AD920L; F&P P


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Shares the true story of how the people on the Danish island of Samso reduced their carbon emissions by 140 percent over the course of ten years by harnessing wind power.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Square Fish, Francis Foster Books, Farrar, Straus, Giroux
  • Publication Date: March 24, 2015
  • Format: FollettBound Sewn
  • Edition: First Square Fish Edition: 2015.
  • Dewey: 333.9
  • Classifications: Nonfiction
  • Description: 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 26 cm
  • ISBN-10: 1-48986-490-3 (originally 1-25005-676-4)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-48986-490-1 (originally 978-1-25005-676-4)
  • Follett Number: 0581PV9
  • Interest Level: K-3
  • Reading Level: 5.4
  • ATOS Book Level: 5.4
  • AR Interest Level: LG
  • AR Points: .5
  • AR Quiz: 142621EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 5.4
  • Reading Counts Points: 2
  • Lexile: AD920L
  • Fountas & Pinnell: P

Reviews & Awards
  • Booklist starred, 03/01/11
  • Horn Book Magazine, 10/01/11
  • Kirkus Reviews, 02/01/11
  • Library Media Connection, 05/01/11
  • New York Times, 04/10/11
  • Publishers Weekly, 01/17/11
  • School Library Journal starred, 03/01/11
  • Wilson's Children, 09/01/11

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist starred (March 1, 2011 (Vol. 107, No. 13))
Grades 1-3. The small Danish island Samsø has received worldwide attention for its “energy independence,” achieved by shifting completely from fossil fuels to renewable resources, such as wind power, captured on its shores. The leader of the movement? A grade-school teacher who started his visionary campaign with his students. “Imagine if we really could make enough energy from the sun, and our crops, and even our own legs, to power up the whole island!” In this first title in a planned series of picture books about sustainable energy, Drummond combines winsome, kinetic, ink-and-wash illustrations with a succinct, simply phrased, smoothly flowing narrative that describes how Samsø transformed itself. “Some people had big ideas. Some people had small ones. But all were important in working toward our goal.” The frequent sidebars that explain such terms as nonrenewable energy feel aimed at a slightly older audience than the main body of text, and younger children will likely need help grasping references to complex ideas, such as how electricity is captured and sold. Still, through the story of one community, Drummond offers a wholly engaging look at the ways we may produce and use energy in the future while delivering an inspirational challenge: “We’re all islanders on the biggest island of them all—planet Earth. So it’s up to us to figure out how to save it.”

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