Pingree Farms

From the Set 21st Century Skills Library

Learn more about how Detroit's Pingree Farms went from vacant industrial city block to vibrant urban farm and community center. Explore the logistics of repurposing the land and meet the people who made it happen. The book showcases a range of 21st century skills -- from "Flexibility & Adaptation" to "Creativity & Innovation"--and shows how moving away from a tear-down culture towards one of reuse helps tackle a host of critical challenges facing our planet and population. Thought-provoking questions and hands-on activities encourage the development of critical life skills and social emotional growth. Books in this series include table of contents, glossary of key words, index, author biography, sidebars, and infographics.

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$32.07 $22.45
$49.21 $34.45
Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 7
Reading Level Grade 5
Dewey 630.9774/34
Lexile 1130L
ATOS Reading Level
Guided Reading Level W
Language English
Publisher Cherry Lake Publishing
Available Formats Reinforced book (9781534169050), Paperback (9781534170735), PDF (9781534172579), ePub (9781534178090), Hosted ebook (9781534174412), Kindle (9781534176256)
Copyright 2021
Number of Pages 32
Dimensions 7 x 9
Graphics Full-color photographs, Historical photographs

School Library Journal - Changing Spaces

Readers learn about the inception of the space and how it was reborn (the Newbern Mercantile became the Newbern Library). Historical and current photographs are supplemented with a paragraph of information, which is sometimes accompanied by a highlighted fact. Each title also follows the history of the local people through time and examines the current needs of a community. For example, an abandoned K-Mart becomes a Cristo Rey school. Although the topic of adapting old spaces can be dense for some readers, it could inspire innovation and critical thinking. A glossary and an index are included. VERDICT A relevant series for larger libraries and STEAM learning.

Author: Julie Knutson

Julie Knutson is an author who lives in northern Illinois with her husband, son, and border collie. She prefers her pancakes with Nutella and bananas, her pizza “Detroit-style,” and her mac ‘n’ cheese with little green peas.

  • Adaptive Reuse—More Than Meets the Eye
  • An Economic Powerhouse on the Great Lakes
  • Declining Fortunes
  • Growing Into the Future
  • Extend Your Learning
  • Glossary
  • Index
Activities for further learning
Author/Illustrator biography
Glossary of key words
Informative sidebars
Table of contents
Full-color photographs, Historical photographs