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Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Non-Fiction
Earth Matters

Earth Matters

Fall 2008 Non-Fiction
Ages: 8 & Up
Author: David Rothschild
Publisher: DK Publishing
ISBN: 9780756634353
Hardcover Price: $24.99
Any child the least bit interested in ecology, the environment, saving the Earth and the future will find this glossy-paged hardback to be a remarkable resource bound by its mission of conservation and protecting the environment. Its pages are packed with colorful graphics, photographs, maps galore, timelines and extensive information-even detailed explanations-about our planet, our climate, and survival.

The book's age-appropriate text combines lots of science-not narrated in a cold laboratory tone but rather an embracing, we're-all-in-this-together sense that could easily draw in a young reader looking for hope and answers. Yes, there's hard stuff to digest in these issues---but this book does a commendable job making it all understandable without talking down to its target readers.

An encyclopedia of the natural world, the book covers everything from explaining what the universe is to how to make a daily difference in saving Earth. In between, chapters explore the Greenhouse Effect, sustainable life initiatives, the melting poles, deciduous ecosystems, vanishing rain forests, shrinking mountains, the crumbling coasts and much more. Warning: Some of the information contained in this book is alarming!

While it probably reads a bit older than age 8, this is a wonderful, eye-opening book for any budding ecologist-or anyone concerned about our global future.

Don Oldenburg   ©2008 Parents' Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of "The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion" (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

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