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Shining a light on sustainable energy
By author: Michelle Mulder
Selling Points: sustainability, energy, innovation, power, light, heat
ISBN: 9781459812147
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Feb/09/2016
Pages: 48
Nonfiction Ages 8-12
Availability: In stock.
Price:  $12.95
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Did you know that cars can run on french-fry grease or that human poop can be used to provide power to classrooms? Kids in Mexico help light up their houses by playing soccer, and in the Philippines, pop-bottle skylights are improving the quality of life for thousands of families. Brilliant! is about what happens when you harness the power of imagination and innovation: the world changes for the better! Full of examples of unusual (and often peculiar) power sources, Brilliant! encourages kids to look around for new and sustainable ways to light up the world.
Sal's Fiction Addiction blog - November 17, 2014
"These are books that should be in classrooms everywhere. They are brilliantly designed and truly informative for children wanting to know more about the footprints we leave in our world...As has been the case with the previous books in this series, the illustrations and clear photographs give essential meaning to the text. The 'Power Lines' and 'Energy Facts' boxes add personal observations and humor, as well as much needed information. Get it for your classroom, your library, or your home to provide food for thought and action! Put on your own thinking cap, and try to visualize new ways to improve life on our planet."
Eco Parent Magazine - November 1, 2014
"A book that combines history and science to teach children about sustainable sources of energy...Lots of pictures and personal vignettes lighten up its tone and deliver a powerful message: finding new, sustainable ways to harness energy is not only possible but can be incredibly fun...Mulder’s passion for sustainability is contagious and this is a good book to have a conversation with your children about ways to change the world."
Library Media Connection - March 1, 2014
"Mulder presents an objective, positive approach to teaching young people about traditional, non-renewable sources of energy, and also about looking for alternative sources of renewable energy, sometimes in unexpected places...An excellent choice for introducing children to the variety of energy sources available today and to the complexities of the energy discussion."
Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group - January 1, 2014
"A high interest book dealing with the topic of alternative sustainable energy sources. The information is all presented in an easy to read narrative format."
Tucson Unified School District - December 1, 2013
"A terrific informational book for students to learn about sustainable energy sources in the world. It has beautiful photographs and is packed with information that students can learn. It will also help students learn about other parts of the world that they may not know about as it is a book about global energy. Wonderful book. Highly Recommended."
Quill & Quire - December 1, 2013
"Mulder investigates our energy dependence and explains other environmentally friendly possibilities in a fun, exciting, and optimistic manner...Clear language and catchy wordplay in the sub-headings help make the science behind energy accessible...[Mulder's] passion for environmentalism is obvious and her enthusiasm contagious. Brilliant! will spark the interest of many future innovators who can and will change the world."
Resource Links - October 1, 2013
"A great addition to an elementary library as an excellent resource for students learning about sustainable energy sources."
Booklist - September 15, 2013
"Environmental problems are treated as exciting opportunities for ingenuity, rather than a scary future menace. Geothermal heat, wind, hydroelectric power, and the sun are all discussed as potential alternate sources of energy, but biofuel is given the most attention. More cutting-edge approaches, such as burning human waste or creating energy through play, encourage kids to look for solutions in unexpected places."
CM Magazine - September 6, 2013
"Teeming with creative innovations from around the globe...The illustrations and colour photos enhance the text, and the ‘Energy Facts’ and ‘Power Lines’ sections fill the spaces and create more energy themselves!...An informative, entertaining and electrifying addition to the Orca Footprints series. This energetic book is a must-have for any school library. Highly Recommended."
Kirkus Reviews - August 1, 2013
"An upbeat exploration of the often-curious world of alternative energy...The book is peppered with exotic photographs, as well as quick-shooting boxed items, to catch the attention of busy eyes. A smart, welcoming introduction to alternative fuels, one that puts the greater world in readers’ hands."


CCBC Best Books, commended  CA  2014
Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada's Information Book Award nominee, long-listed  CA  2014
Resource Links "The Year's Best", commended  CA  2013

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