Giving kids the idea that they have power to effect change is the basic premise of this work. Many of the Earth's environmental problems-climate change; deforestation; shrinking habitat; species extinction; water, air, noise, and light pollution-as well as global conflict and overpopulation are addressed. For each challenge, a success story is shared and an action tip is put forth to help readers do their small share to address the problem. Positive and upbeat with bright photos and illustrations and a direct tone, the message delivered is that if properly informed and motivated, individuals can help the challenges, however monumental, to be met. Many pertinent and informative Web sites are listed, but while the book states that Libraries carry books and movies on all the great topics in this book, no titles for further reading are offered.
Gr. 3-5. The amazing facts (redwood trees can live to be 3,500 years old); the immediate action tips ("list all the species you can find in your backyard"); the chatty, interactive style ("Did you know?"); and the urgent message about global warming and pollution will draw young readers to this lively, browsable conservation manual. There are lots of boxed insets, color photos, and cartoons on every double-page spread, but best of all are the many examples of how kids can make a difference--from "smart shopping"and recycling to getting involved with scientific studies that save species from extinction, protect habitats, and attract wildlife. A detailed Internet list identifies resources on watching wildlife, conducting eco-challenges, and saving the earth. The science and technology are exciting, and so are the daily details.