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Our First Talk about Our Impact on the Environment
Nonfiction Ages 6-8
Pages: 32
Themes: environment, pollution, green living, nature, connection
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 03/Mar/2020
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This illustrated nonfiction picture book by child psychologist Dr. Jillian Roberts introduces children to the important topic of the environment. Crafted around a conversation between a grade-school-aged child and an adult, this inquiry-focused book using age-appropriate language and tone will help children shape their understanding of the natural world and how they participate in protecting it. Dr. Roberts starts the discussion with the types of pollution and trash that children might notice on a nature walk or a trip to the beach, how they are caused and how to work to improve things in their own lives and communities. The World Around Us series introduces children to complex cultural, social and environmental issues they may encounter outside their homes, in an accessible way. Sidebars offer further reading for older children or care providers who have bigger questions. For younger children just starting to make these observations, the simple question-and-answer format of  the main text will provide a foundation of knowledge on the subject matter. This is the newest title in The World Around Us series, following books that address poverty, tragedy, prejudice, online awareness and body safety and body image.

Kirkus Reviews
“The Q-and-A format works to bring in different topics...Accessible and informative.”
“The text is informative and manages to treat weighty issues seriously without being too scary.”
School Library Connection
“Provides readers with a broad perspective of our natural world and how we relate to it daily…Added illustrations are drawn in a realistic style that engages the reader.”
CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“A useful resource to spark conversations...Encourages collaboration and innovation. Highly Recommended.”
Kiss the Book blog
“To young people who are trying to help the world, she covers a lot of ground and does it well.”
School Library Journal
“Accessible and inspiring, this is a worthwhile introduction to an essential topic.”


CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection  | 2020 | Commended