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



Dreary planet outlook challenges tweens to act.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Encourages kids to take action on a cause.


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

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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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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.

Families can talk 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?

Book details

Author:Anne Rockwell
Illustrators:Paul Meisel, Susan Meddaugh
Book type:Non-Fiction
Publisher:HarperCollins Children's Books
Publication date:November 7, 2006
Number of pages:40
Publisher's recommended age(s):9 - 12

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Adult Written byCP703 April 9, 2008

Alarmist Propaganda

The book claims that "most" scientists are scared about global warming. Not so. Not even close. Global warming is a theory, not fact, and a theory that most scientists do NOT support. Don't even bother with this one.
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 your life trying to tell people how to live theirs based on irrational blutherings of neoscientists with anti capitalist political agendas. Smart is being a thinking, rational individual who acts on reality to improve his or her own life and the lives of everyone by being productive. My kids saw through it, hopefully your's will also.
Adult Written bylsdgls April 9, 2008


Not for children!


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