Guardians of the Planet: How to be an Eco-Hero by Clive Gifford
Genre: Environment - Earth - Recycling
Age: 8 - 11
This environmentally positive book contains everything children need to become guardians of the planet. Kids can learn how to become keepers of the coasts, friends of the forests, home heroes and much more through a mix of compelling facts, creative activities and proactive tips.
Key environmental topics are clearly explained, and the easy-to-follow projects and suggestions help to put the issues in an everyday context. From reusing clothes and composting food to reducing water waste and giving wildlife a helping hand, this book will encourage children to engage with environmental problems and inspire them to take care of our wonderful planet.
The book includes an introduction by ClientEarth, an organization that uses environmental law to protect oceans, forests and other habitats, as well as all people, and a foreword by Brian Eno.
Printed using waterless ink on FSC paper.
My daughter and I loved this book. It was very insightful and we found the facts within the book really fascinating.
There is a lot of information in this book but each page sets out the information in a slightly different way allowing the reader to explore and pour over the text. Even for reluctant readers the text doesn't feel overwhelming and children can dip into sections at ease, or share the reading with an adult. The vocabulary is rich and scientific which will stretch more confident readers, provide great opportunities for all children to deepen their own vocabulary and challenge their understanding of scientific concepts in a fun and friendly way. The illustrations add another fun element to the book and work well alongside the text. Some text is even written on the illustrations, e.g. a watering can, leaf, bubbles. I know my daughter homed in on this quirky feature and was eager to read this part of the text first.
The messages in this book are very powerful and presented in a way that doesn't frighten children but allows them to start taking more responsibility for their own actions. There are some inspiring activities that allow children to think about changes they could make in order to be more eco-friendly, offering them a deeper understanding into why these changes need to occur. After reading only a few pages of this book my daughter was eager to go and do a litter pick along the road and started to discuss the three Rs (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) with me and what changes we could make as a family to implement them more into our lifestyle.
As a primary school teacher and a parent this book offers so much to its reader by not only providing them with a rich text to develop their reading skills and understanding but also in allowing them to see how we can protect the world and become more environmentally friendly. Today's children are the future and if they can start to make changes then this will have a huge impact in preserving the planet and for future generations to come. I loved the title of this book Guardians of the Planet; what an ept title and one that I think will inspire and motivate children in taking action to protect the environment.
Many thanks to Love Book Tours and Buster Books for inviting me to join the blog tour, it has been an absolute pleasure to be part of the tour. This will definitely be a book that will be treasured and shared.
Clive Gifford is an award-winning author of over 140 books for children and adults. These include Out Of This World (Buster Books) which was shortlisted for the prestigious Royal Society Young People's Book Prize and Cool Technology (Scholastic) which won the School Library Association Information Book Award 2013. Clive's titles range from the serious (Robots, The Kingfisher Geography Encyclopedia, Planet Under Pressure: Pollution and Wow! Science) and sporty (with books on the Olympics, football, basketball and skateboarding) to the downright silly (Joy's Annoying Toys, The Huge Rude Duke and The Curse of the Toxic Trousers).
Clive has travelled through 70 countries, run a computer games company and taken part in all manner of sports from parachuting and gliding to Ultimate Frisbee. His books have been shortlisted for the TES Information Book of the Year, the Blue Peter Prize and the British Book Awards as well as winning Smithsonian, Children's Choice, NAPPA and PBS awards. Sir Ranulph Fiennes called his latest book on Explorers, "An inspiration to all adventurers." whilst The Guardian declared that his Kingfisher Book Of Football, "was worth a season's training" and the Manchester Evening News labelled it, "The classiest football book around."
Clive's official website can be found at www.clivegifford.co.uk