On Our Nature Walk: Our First Talk About Our Impact on the Environment

Orca. (World Around Us). Mar. 2020. 32p. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9781459821002.
Gr 1-3–The title of this book is a bit of a misnomer, as the text explores the environment far beyond the activity of a stroll through the forest. A broad array of subjects is covered, meant to enlist children in an all-important struggle to save our planet from irreparable harm. Information is clearly conveyed. Most sections are introduced with a single question on one side of a spread, and a simple answer on an accompanying page contains an additional text box. The author explains interconnectedness, provides a breakdown of the various kinds of pollution, defines sustainability, and differentiates types of natural resources. Real kids who have distinguished themselves as climate control activists, inventors, and environmental entrepreneurs are spotlighted. Children representing different communities are portrayed in an appealing combination of photography and cartoon illustrations.
VERDICT Accessible and inspiring, this is a worthwhile introduction to an essential topic.

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