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Our House Is on Fire: Greta Thunberg's Call to Save the Planet

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Alarming story of teen's strike for climate change action.

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age 7+

Based on 1 parent review

age 7+


This is a must have, must read, must discuss book! All of the grandkids will be sitting on a lap for this important work!

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This is an inspiring story of a Swedish teen standing up for what she believes in and becoming a world leader. Our House Is on Fire tells the story of how she became a global leader on the issue of climate change in mostly simple, brief text that kids will find relatable -- like how she felt invisible before she took up her cause and how it made her sad to see animals' habitats threatened by melting icecaps. Spare art helps makes the complex issues easy to grasp, too.

But some sophisticated vocabulary and some of the disastrous effects of climate change shown, including forest fires and floods, may be scary and disturbing for young picture book readers. Some of the messages in quotes from Greta's speeches and on protest signs on the front and back cover may sound harsh to young ears, too. Such as "You're Destroying Our Future," "Don't Burn My Future," "Coal Kills," "Stop Climate Crime," "You're Destroying Our Future," and "Help Me!"

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