Energy Island
by Allan Drummond

Price at time of review: $16.99
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Inc.
New York, NY
ISBN: 9780374321840

Grade Level: 3-5

Reviewed by CBC Reviewer

"Hold on to your hats!" warn the reviewers. This light–hearted story of windy Samso, an island in Denmark, carries significant and memorable lessons in energy conservation.

Realizing the potential of the island's windy location, the farming communities on Samso use their natural sources of energy to achieve great things. The story of cooperation can easily become a model for other areas, including your own. It will motivate young readers to want to learn more about alternative energy sources and what their own communities might do to help the cause.

The illustrations are light and cartoon–like, but there's just enough basic information in the text to provide a bridge to experimentation and perhaps online research at the elementary or middle school level. This book was named an NSTA/CBC Outstanding Trade Book for 2012. If you leave it around your classroom or library for casual reading, don't be surprised if your students ask: "Can we begin a project like that here?"

Review posted on 1/26/2012

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