Save the Planet: Keeping Water Clean

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Save the Planet: Keeping Water Clean applies the NCTE/IRA Standards to science and social studies content. Each book sends the reader on a fact-finding mission, posing an initial challenge and concluding with questions and answers. Through engaging, interactive scenarios, learners can experiment with text prediction, purpose-driven research, and creative problem solving—all critical thinking skills—while learning about ways to care for our planet.

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 5
Dewey 363.739
ATOS Reading Level 4.6
Guided Reading Level
Language English
Publisher Cherry Lake Publishing
Available Formats Reinforced book (9781602796591), Paperback (9781602796683), PDF (9781602797796), ePub (9781631883361), Hosted ebook (9781602797796H), Kindle (9781631373541)
Copyright 2010
Number of Pages 32
Dimensions 7.5 x 9.5
Graphics Full-color photographs

Vegbooks - Save the Planet: Keeping Water Clean

Keeping Water Clean is clever combination of travel journal, adventure series and science. The book starts off challenging readers with a multi-pronged mission which boils down to: learn about the Earth’s water supplies and the challenges facing them. After the mission, general facts about the planet’s water resources are presented under the heading “What You Know”; and then, to help readers accomplish their mission, the author takes us on a trip around the world.

Each subsequent chapter is categorized by a specific geographical location and highlights a particular concern about water in that area of the world. Some examples of places that readers of this book visit include Spain, to learn about desalination, Malawi, to find out about living with a shortage of clean, drinkable water, Wyoming, to discuss cattle ranching’s relationship to water usage and irrigation (the information in this chapter may be of special interest to activist veg families– i.e. it takes 12,009 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef), and Iowa, to learn about how agricultural pesticide use impacts the water supply.

Facts related to the issues are discussed in each segment and some solutions are presented (for example, “How You Can Reduce Pollution”; under the Acid Rain in New York chapter contains suggestions like asking your parents to walk or ride bikes to travel, and encouraging them to purchase a fuel efficient vehicle). The end of the book has a few additional missions, which on one hand seem to be fairly limited (use a rain barrel and conserve your water usage) but would have a tremendous impact if implemented by the majority of global citizens.

Though this book is packed with facts and information, it is laid out in an easy-to-understand, straightforward manner. However, the answers to even one of the highlighted challenges are not straightforward at all. While the information in Keeping Water Clean provides a start for acquiring base knowledge, the book sometimes shies away from directly pointing out how these incredibly pressing problems should be getting more attention in both the global geopolitical arena and our society’s collective consciousness.

I recommend this book for children ages 5 and up who are ready to explore some of the more challenging aspects of environmentalism and learn more about what they can do to help preserve our most important natural resource. This is a great book to read in conjunction with Heroes of the Environment.

School Library Journal - Save the Planet

This series focuses on how children can become actively involved in protecting the environment. At the beginning of each book, readers are given a mission and advised to be alert to the facts provided so that they can successfully answer the questions at the end. Next comes a neatly organized list of “What You Know”"“facts to keep in mind while reading"“and then kids are off on an imaginary trip. In Compost It, they visit a gardener who walks a reporter through building his own compost heap. In Growing Your Own Garden, a class visits a school in Pennsylvania that is doing exactly that. Reduce provides numerous easy ways in which children can step up to the plate and recognize their responsibility to the planet. Other titles transport them to China so they can understand the plight of pandas, or to Africa where elephants’ endangered status is explored. No matter which scenario is presented, children are made to feel part of the process; suggestions for how they can become involved abound. The books include “Further Missions” sections that describe such projects as creating a greenhouse in a jar and designing an animal friendly backyard.

SLJ April 2010 Series Made Simple

  • Your Mission
  • What You Know
  • Salt Water in Spain
  • Dirty Water in Malawi
  • Polluted Water in China
  • Saving Water in Arizona
  • Irrigation in Wyoming
  • Pesticides in Iowa
  • Acid Rain in New York
  • Mission Accomplished!
  • Consider This
  • Glossary
  • Learn More
  • Further Missions
  • Index
Author/Illustrator biography
Detailed maps
Glossary of key words
Informative sidebars
Sources for further research
Table of contents
Full-color photographs