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S is for Save the Planet: A How-to-be Green Alphabet

S is for Save the Planet: A How-to-be Green Alphabet

Brad Herzog
Illustrator:  Linda Holt Ayriss 
Nonfiction Picture Book  Series
For ages 6 to 9
Sleeping Bear Press, 2009   ISBN: 1585364282

Today, perhaps more than ever before, people around the world are growing to appreciate that “every little bit helps” when it comes to protecting the environment. There are many things that children and their families can do to make this world a cleaner, greener, and healthier place to live.

To help children to see that there are so many things that they can do Sleeping Bear Press put together this clever alphabet book. For each letter of the alphabet, the author has found an environmental topic to explore. Many of the topics include suggestions that show children how they can make green choices every day. For example, on the C page we see a child riding to school so that fuel is conserved and so that less pollution ends up in the air. The L page talks about eating food that is grown locally. Eating food that is fresher and that does not have to travel many miles to get to us is a good strategy.

For every letter of the alphabet, the author gives his readers a poem to enjoy. Younger children will like listening to or reading the two rhyming stanzas that compliment the artwork. In addition to the poems, the author has also written a longer piece of descriptive text. This explores the highlighted topic in more detail. This format allows children of a variety of ages to appreciate this valuable title.

This is just one in a series of informative alphabet books published by Sleeping Bear Press.