You’ve got to love a book that carries the Smithsonian’s mission statement on its opening page, especially when you get to the part about its offering “the world a picture of America, and America a picture of the world.”
This is truer than ever in a new book for kids aged 5-9 called “Global Warming,” the latest literary collaboration between the Smithsonian and award-winning author Seymour Simon.
A retired educator, Simon has written more than 250 books for young readers, and his “Global Warming” cannot possibly disappoint as a full-color photographic introduction to the causes and effects of global warming and climate change. Part educational primer, part gorgeous pictorial, “Global Warming” draws attention to the increasingly rapid changes in our environment, and more importantly, to the role and responsibility humans have in its causes and effects.
In smart, but totally kid-friendly terms, Simon lays out the complicated concept of the greenhouse effect, clarifies the difference between ‘weather’ and ‘climate’, and teaches so much more all while taking the young reader on a journey from the Arctic to the Antarctic, making important stops along the way to drive home the point that the whole planet is at risk in the global warming age.
Simon’s evidence is compelling, especially when he writes about coral reefs, and somehow the simplicity of his language makes even adult readers sit up and take notice. It’s hard to ignore a sentence like: “If coral reefs die, then much of the animal life they support will be wiped out as well.” (more…)