________________ CM . . . . Volume XV Number 2 . . . . September 12, 2008

cover Go Green, Canada! Puzzles, Games and Quizzes for a Healthy Planet.

Jeff Sinclair.
Toronto, ON: Scholastic Canada, 2008.
48 pp., pbk., $6.99.
ISBN 978-0-545-99406-4.

Subject Headings:
Environmental protection-Juvenile literature.
Ecology-Juvenile literature.

Grades 3-6 / Ages 8-11.

Review by Gillian Richardson.

***½ /4

excerpt:

Things are really heating up out there! Put on the shades, lather on the sunscreen, and tackle these questions about the effects of greenhouse gases on planet Earth. Get ‘em all right and you’ll be cookin’.

  1. Most of the warming observed over the last 50 years is due to:

    1. the activities of humans

    2. the nights getting shorter

    3. the Sun growing larger

    4. the Sun moving closer

 

Go Green, Canada! is a lot of learning in a fun package. This up-to-date interactive book is filled with multiple-choice quizzes, games (scavenger hunt), puzzles (pictures and word searches), and fact pages all aimed at showing kids ways to change the way we treat Earth. Independent readers in grades 3-6 can test their knowledge about ozone, acid rain, alternate energy sources and composting. The list of corporate giants who are practising environmental responsibility shows what can be done by the big guys, but there is plenty here to empower kids who want to make small differences of their own.

      The pages are cartoony and colourful. The topic may be deadly serious, but most quizzes are more fun than challenging. As every teacher knows, kids remember zany stuff, such as:


Shut your mouth! Refuse to eat fruits and vegetables that are sprayed with… a) insecticide; b) graffiti; c) hair gel.

 

      The amusing approach will ensure this book is a popular activity for road trips, rainy days, or at the summer cottage. Of course, the correct answers are in the back. And it’s even made of 100% recycled paper!

Highly Recommended.

Gillian Richardson, a freelance writer and former teacher-librarian, lives in BC.

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