The Story of Climate Change: A First Book about How We Can Help Save Our Planet

by Catherine Barr (Author) Mike Love (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 4th − 5th Grade
Series: Story Of...

The Story of Climate Change introduces one of the most important issues facing our world today, and tells you what you can do to help make a change!

Combining history with science, this book charts the changes in our Earth's climate, from the beginnings of the planet and its atmosphere, to the Industrial revolution and the dawn of machinery. You'll learn all about the causes of climate change, such as factory farming and pollution, and the effects that climate change has on humans and animals across the world. As well as discovering the effects of global warming, you'll discover practical ways we can work together to solve it, from using renewable energy to swapping meat for vegetables in our diet.

With fact-packed text by Catherine Barr and vibrant illustrations by Amy Husband and Mike Love, The Story of Climate Change will give you all the information you need, and will inspire you to do your part to fight the climate emergency!

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School Library Journal

Gr 2-4—This title, which describes climate change, presents an organized time line of events, from the formation of the Earth's atmosphere to the catastrophic possibilities for its future. The text shows how evolution brought change to the planet, how an asteroid incited further change, and how humanity's progression has caused climate catastrophes. The authors explain how pollution, deforestation, the meat industry, lack of education, and other forces have had detrimental effects on weather, vegetation, habitats, and more. Solutions are suggested: Children are encouraged to use less fuel-related resources as well as recycle, eat less meat, get educated, and follow other guidelines. The text frequently references scientists without any documentation and includes many anthropomorphisms, but the appealing design and format will attract elementary readers. The vocabulary level, small type size, and sentence structures are more suited to a fourth grader's beginning reading skills. The back matter contains a glossary. VERDICT The child-friendly design of this title makes it a good read-aloud.—Nancy Call, formerly at Santa Cruz P.L., Aptos, CA

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An "effective overview."
Kitty Flynn, The Horn Book
Catherine Barr

Catherine Barr worked at Greenpeace International for seven years as a wildlife and forestry campaigner and has a long-running interest in environmental issues. While working as an editor at the Natural History Museum, she researched and wrote two major summer exhibitions: Dinosaurs of the Gobi Desert and Myths and Monsters. Her previous books for Frances Lincoln Children's Books include The Story of Inventions, The Story of Life, and The Story of Climate Change. She lives on a hill near Hay-on-Wye in Herefordshire with her partner and two daughters.

Steve Williams is a biologist with a degree in Marine Biology and Applied Zoology from the University of Wales. His lifelong love of wildlife was further inspired by eight years at sea, after which he trained as a teacher, and now teaches science in a rural comprehensive school in Wales. He is a beekeeper and lives near Hay-on-Wye with his wife and two daughters.

Amy Husband studied Graphic Art at Liverpool School of Art. Her first picture book, Dear Miss, was winner of the Cambridgeshire Children's Picture Book Award in 2010, and she also wrote and illustrated Dear Santa, in the same series. Amy lives in the East Yorkshire countryside with her husband James, working from her home studio.

Mike Love is an illustrator from the UK. Since graduating from the Aberystwyth School of Art, Wales, in 2012, Mike has enjoyed being part of a wide variety of projects.

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Frances Lincoln Ltd
Publication date
March 02, 2021
Story Of...
BISAC categories
JNF051100 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | Environmental Science & Ecosystems
JNF037020 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | Environmental Conservation & Protection
JNF065000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Recycling & Green Living
Library of Congress categories
Environmental protection
Climatic changes
Global warming
Citizen participation

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