Not Your Typical Book about the Environment (Hardcover)

By Elin Kelsey, Clayton Hanmer (Illustrator)

Owlkids, 9781897349793, 64pp.

Publication Date: March 16, 2010

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (3/16/2010)
Paperback, Spanish (9/1/2016)

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We live in a time of heightened environmental awareness, and this knowledge is creating a generation of children with feelings of eco-anxiety -- the world is doomed, isn't it? Maybe not. Not Your Typical Book about the Environment allays kids' fears by showing how all is not lost. Young readers learn about the remarkable time they live in: smart technologies, innovative ideas, and a growing commitment to alternative lifestyles are exploding around the world. Awareness is creating a future that will be brighter than we sometimes might think. Each chapter begins by taking familiar objects -- T-shirts, video games, bikes -- and using these as launching pads to delve into related environmental issues. Plus, profiles of unexpected personalities, like happiness researcher Catherine O'Brien, show how many are seeking viable solutions to the serious problems facing our planet.

Praise For Not Your Typical Book about the Environment

"An optimistic look at choices we can make to improve the planet, this book assesses the impact of everything from the clothes we wear to the food we eat. But instead of laying a guilt trip on readers, it points to eco-friendly alternatives, from devising new products to opting for vintage clothes instead of new."
Washington Post

This upbeat, creative, wide-reaching explanation is indeed a standout in a genre composed primarily of lamentations for the polar bearthis is one of the best books to date at dealing both concretely and philosophically with the blend of opportunity and challenge contained in the green movement.”
The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Can we move from nations of Captains of Industrial Agriculture’ to Super Sustainable Farmers’? According to this book’s well-thought-out logic and messaging on this and many other aspects of environmental awareness, of course we can.”
The Globe and Mail

This is an intriguing, fact-filled book about saving the environment in unusual waysThis hilarious, information-packed work is an excellent addition.”
School Library Journal

Elin Kelsey has produced a highly engaging book, pointing out surprising connections between kids’ lives and the rest of the planet. The illustrations are fantastic and make a complex subject - conservation and sustainable living - easy to understand. A wonderful book for educating children and adults about the environment.”
Jane Goodall Ph.D., DBE
Founder the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace

2011 Skipping Stones Honor Award Nature and Ecology Book category, Winner
2011 Newton Marasco Foundation Green Earth Book Award, Winner
2010 Green Book Festival Award Children's category, Honorable Mention
2010 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards Environmental Issues category, Gold Medalist
2010 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Juvenile Non-Fiction Category, Finalist