WHAT'S THE POINT OF BEING GREEN? by Jacqui Bailey (Barrons 2010) is a nifty book for tweens and teens who want to be more green. Filled with lots of easily accessed information (diagrams, charts, illustrations, etc.), it offers concrete suggestions for acting on behalf of the planet. <340>
That book made the transition to this next one perfect.
Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop team up again as part of the Scientists in the Field series from Houghton Mifflin (2010) for KAKAPO RESCUE: SAVING THE WORLD'S STRANGEST PARROT. This book rocks! Do not take my word for it, though. It has six starred reviews already. And another endorsement came from the resident of the back bedroom who picked it up when she sat down for a snack last night and began to leaf through it. She now wants to go to the island and work on the rescue mission. To me, that speaks volumes about the power of this book. It draws readers in to the plight of the kakapo (pronounced KAR-ka-poe), an endangered species (fewer than 100 exist) of parrot that can range up to 9 pounds, that does not fly, and that builds nests underground on Codfish Island off the coast of New Zealand. To tell you more would ruin the treat that awaits you between the covers of this book. Along with THE HIVE DETECTIVES, science teachers should have plenty of material for a lovely discussion of environment and other dangers posed to species. <341>