Tag Archives: Environment

Rivers: A Visual History From River To Sea

This oversized encyclopedic book takes readers on a journey along the most important rivers in the world. “Understanding rivers helps us to understand history and the people who have lived alongside them for centuries.” Each detailed illustration includes major events, historical figures, and favorite stories connected with the river. A table of contents guides readers along the journey. mjw
Title: Rivers: A Visual History From River To Sea
Author: Peter Goes
Illustrator
: Peter Goes
Publisher
: Gecko Press Ltd. New Zealand
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: Dutch
Translator
: Bill Nagelkerke
Original Title
: Rivieren
Original Publisher
: Lannoo Publishers
Original Copyright
: 2018
ISBN
: 978-1-776572-16-8
Hardcover pages
: 80
Age range
: 7-12
Genre
: Nonfiction, Information Book
Book setting
: World
Author’s ethnicity
: Belgian
Author’s residence
: Belgium
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Belgian
Illustrator’s residence
: Belgium
Subjects
: Continents, Exploration, Oceans, Rivers, Sea life, Seas, Water

Dear Professor Whale

In nine short, charming chapters, Professor Whale plans another Whale Point Olympics.  Penguins, whales, and seals come together in the follow-up to Yours Sincerely, Giraffe.  Takabatake’s simple black and white drawings capture the essence of the animals. mjw
Title: Dear Professor Whale
Author: Megumi Iwasa
Illustrator
: Jun Takabatake
Publisher
: Gecko Press, New Zealand
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: Japanese
Translator
: Cathy Hirano
Original Publisher
: Kaiser-sha Publishing Co.
Original Copyright
: 2003
ISBN
: 978-1-776572-06-9
Hardcover pages
: 104
Age range
: 5-9
Genre
: Fiction, chapter book
Author’s ethnicity
: Japanese
Author’s residence
: Tokyo, Japan
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Japanese
Illustrator’s residence
: Japan 
Subjects
: Humor, Marine life, Penguins, Seals, Whales

Elephant Secret

Thirteen-year-old Samantha Gray lives with her dad on an elephant sanctuary with eleven elephants. She understands the elephants’ behavior and has a special relationship with each one.  When one of the elephants, named Daisy Mae, dies while giving birth to a very unusual baby, Sam’s world is turned upside down.  She names the baby elephant Woolly and she becomes the mother, feeding her bottles of formula and protecting her.  Sam meets the billionaire genius who funded the impregnated elephant and he explains that the birth was a cloning experiment and that Woolly is a woolly mammoth.  This is a captivating family story of love and our responsibility to all living things on earth. mjw
Title: Elephant Secret
Author:  Eric Walters
Publisher
: Clarion Books, New York
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language:
English
ISBN
: 978-1-328796172
Hardcover pages
: 352
Age range
: 10-12
Genre
: Fiction
Book setting
: North America
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Ontario, Canada
Awards
: Author has won the Children’s Africana Book Award
Subjects
: Animal sanctuaries, Cloning, Elephants, Human/animal relationships, Orphaned animals, Woolly mammoths

Felix

Felix is a fine cat with a lot of friends.  He goes on whirlwind tours to visit his family all over the world. He goes to India with its golden temples, meets tigers,  and has prawns and scrambled eggs. He travels to China to visit his mysterious cousins, the snow leopards.  They offer him tea and herrings.  Next, he stops in the Russian steppes to visit his cousin Mr. Lynx and is offered  blinis and caviar..  The next stop is the United States where pumas give him steak.  Next is the rainforest of Brazil to visit panthers who give him kebabs. His last stop is the African savannah where lions give him an acacia branch.  Felix finally goes home to his food bowl, his balcony, and his cozy pillow. Rich, colorful artwork accompanies Felix on his travels. mjw
Title: Felix
Author: Giovanna Zoboli
Illustrator
: Simona Mulazzani
Publisher
: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: Italian
Translator
: Laura Watkinson
Original Title
: Gatto Felice
Original Publisher
: Topipittoti, Milan
Original Copyright
: 2017
ISBN
: 978-0-8028-5506-0
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 5-9
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: India, China, Russia, United States, Brazil, Africa
Author’s ethnicity
: Italian
Author’s residence
: Milan
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Italian
Subjects
: Cats, Travel

Lucy And The Dragonfly

Lucy lives in the yellow house on the hill, at the end of the lane, in a village filled with lakes and forests, on a big continent, on a blue planet.  When Lucy smiles, the sun smiles.  She can feel the Earth’s heart beating, inside her heart.  The wind tells her all the bad things that humans are doing to the planet.  When the planet gets sick, Lucy’s tears travel from the wings of a dragonfly all across the planet to a boy named Tama who also knows how to listen to the whispers of the wind.  Lucy’s story spreads across the globe, everyone does their part to heal the Earth, and hope is born.  Soft illustrations complement the story about climate change.  mjw
Title: Lucy And The Dragonfly
Author: Lucie Papineau
Illustrator
: Caroline Hamel
Publisher
: Auzou Publishing. Paris, France
Copyright
: 2018
ISBN
: 978-2-7338-5620-8
Hardcover pages
: 40
Age range
: 5-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Quebec
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Illustrator’s residence
: Montreal
Subjects
: Climate Change, Green living, Recycling

Town Is By The Sea

This first-person narrative portrays a day in the life of a young boy and his family in a seaside-mining town.  He describes his morning – seagulls, a dog barking, and lupines and Queen Anne’s lace along the road.  He acknowledges that at the same time his father is already “deep down under the sea, digging for coal.”  He then describes more of what he sees throughout the rest of his day and his father is still “deep down under the sea, digging for coal.”  At suppertime, his father comes home.  They talk as the sun sets “deep down under the sea where his father digs for coal.” The boy falls asleep thinking that one day, it will be his turn – he is a miner’s son.  The ink, watercolor, and gouache illustrations are exquisite.  An author’s note is included.  mjw
Title: Town Is By The Sea
Author: Joanne Schwartz
Illustrator
: Sydney Smith
Publisher
: Groundwood Books, House of Anansi Press. Toronto
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English 
ISBN
: 978-1-55498-871-6
Hardcover pages
: 52
Age range
: 5-9
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Toronto
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Illustrator’s residence
: Toronto
Awards
: 2018 Kate Greenaway Award
Subjects
: Canada, City and town life, Coal miners, Country life, Fathers and sons, Sea stories

Where The World Ends

In the summer of 1727, eight boys and three men are marooned on a remote rocky stac at the edge of the Outer Hebrides in Scotland.  They were sent there to harvest birds for food, feathers, and oil.  No one returns to collect them. They survive for nine months through deadly storms, madness, and starvation.  Based on a true story, this is an unsettling and awe-inspiring novel.  The world-building is brilliant.  A map of St. Kilda, an afterword, black-and-white sketches of birds, and a glossary are included.  mjw
Title: Where The World Ends
Author: Geraldine McCaughrean
Publisher
: Usborne Publishing Ltd. London
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-4749-2114-5
Hardcover pages
: 336
Age range
: 11 up
Genre
: Historical Fiction, based on a true story
Book setting
: Hirta, St. Kilda, Scotland
Author’s ethnicity
: English
Author’s residence
: Berkshire, England 
Awards
: 2018 CILIP Carnegie Medal
Subjects
: Birds, Cultures, Geography, Natural world, Survival, Western Islands (Scotland)