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

Quarto/Frances Lincoln. (Story of). Mar. 2021. 40p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780711256309.
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.

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