Why Are the Ice Caps Melting? The Dangers of Global Warming

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Dawn Friedman, Common Sense Media
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Dreary planet outlook challenges tweens to act.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Positive Messages

Encourages kids to take action on a cause.


Includes some poentially upsetting ideas about the planet's future.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this book offers a succinct, informative discussion of global warming. This book isn't right for every kid; some children will be upset by its frank, dire warnings.

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Parent of a 9-year-old Written bySusan Z. April 4, 2018

Excellent way to help kids understand & act

As a parent and as a scientist, I felt this creative book gave children a layman's understanding of climate change, without going too much into the reality... Continue reading
Adult Written bycurt409 April 9, 2008

Just plain wrong

I was saddened that the author glibbly assumes that global warming is a fact. My kids want to be smart. Smart isn't going through life wanting to devote... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008


Why tell kids that the world is going to be horrible place when they grow up!

Thats not right!

What's the story?

An introduction to global warming -- what it is, why it's happening, and how to stop it.

Is it any good?

This comprehensive introduction to global warming makes the subject easy to understand and brings it close to home. There's a list of things that make carbon dioxide -- from your pet dog panting to the family car and landfill. The book doesn't stint with the bad things that are happening -- and will continue to happen -- if global warming isn't slowed down. This is alarming stuff.

Even though it includes ideas about things we can do to help, the book will leave some kids feeling hopeless and understandably scared. Then again, lots of kids will come to this book already having some understanding of global warming, and its encouraging parts may help calm any fears that they brought to their first read. This is a good introduction for children ready for the discussion, with a parent's guidance.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about any choices they've made -- or plan to make -- to help the environment. They might want to brainstorm a list of ideas and then create signs to post around the house to remind other family members to turn off lights or recycle trash. What do you think of politicians like Al Gore who talk about global warming? Do you think they're being politicians or environmentalists? What effect does media coverage have on environmentalism?

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