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December 8, 2008

Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy

Author: Nigel Saunders and Steven Chapman

Page Length: 48

Reading Level: 8.9

Genre: Non-Fiction

PLOT SUMMARY: Renewable Energy is a non-fiction book full of facts about the sources of renewable energy.  It begins with a two-page explanation of energy.  Then, the book proceeds to discuss the various types of renewable energy that include:  energy from the sun, biomass energy, wind energy, and energy from moving water.  In each discussion, the pros and cons of that type of renewable energy are listed.

REVIEW: The authors have done an excellent job of presenting scientific facts about renewable energy in a concise book that has colorful pictures, a glossary at the back of the book, and a “word store” at the bottom of each page with definitions of probable unknown words.  In addition, “fast facts” and inset notes and graphs are used. 

This is an excellent book to use as a supplement for an energy study. I would recommend it for boys who don’t think they like to read. The pictures and short entries make it a fast and interesting read. With all the discussion of our world becoming “more green” it is an informative book for teens to read to become more knowledgeable about the choices of the future for accessing energy.

AREAS OF TEACHING: Supporting Details, Making Predictions, Cause/Effect, and Comparison and Contrast

RELATED BOOKS: Fossil Fuel, Nuclear, Science Topics: Energy, Energy Files: Water, Solar, Wind, Energy Essentials, Energy for Life, Energy Alternatives

MOVIE, MUSIC, ART CONNECTIONS: Renewable Energy (History Channel, 2008), Never Blend In (2004), An Inconvenient Truth (2007)

RELATED WEBSITES:

www.energy.org.uk

www.eere.energy.gov/kids

www.greenhouse.gov.au/renewable

www.kyrene.k12.az.us/…/4th/4_Renewable and Nonrenewable_unit_revised.doc

www.stewardship.nacdnet.org/downloads/EducatorsGuideSSW07.pdf

REVIEWED BY: Shirley Wagner

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