From School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-This title delivers an urgent, if patchwork, reminder that we are part of a greater whole. After devoting a chapter to each of life's necessities-air, water, soil (earth), energy (fire), love, and a spiritual connection with the universe-the authors close with a look at three social and environmental initiatives by young people; a set of review questions (with answers); and 10 consciousness-raising activities, from science projects to storytelling. Sourced, briefly told versions of folktales from several traditions are interspersed throughout, and the plentiful illustrations include color diagrams, comics, and crisply reproduced photos. Parts of the authors' argument are no more seamless than the book's assembly: even children will see the fallacy in sweeping remarks like "Trees will grow again, but coal, oil, and gas won't." Nonetheless, their eloquent plea to see ourselves and the Earth as interdependent will inspire readers to sit up, look around, and take a little less for granted.-John Peters, New York Public Library
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This is an outstanding title that can be utilized by teachers in science, health, and environmental studies classes or as a fun, inspiring read. —Library Journal
Suzuki's accessible text, illustrated with useful diagrams and attractive paintings of plants and animals, skillfully emphasizes his basic message about the vital importance of interconnections. —Booklist
Over the past decade, there has been a dramatic r ise in concern about the environment. This book includes an expanded discussion of lead ing environmental issues, information on new environmental technologies and more ways kids can protect the environment. —Best Books for Kids & Teens 2011
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