A hopeful, environmental wake-up call for teens ready to act. After finding a dead bee on his doorstep, Fleischman (Newbery Award-winner and local author) began extensive research into environmental challenges and changes. Eyes Wide Open is a tool kit for decoding the daily barrage of conflicting information about major issues (population, global economics, water, climate change). This book helps young people learn to look behind the headlines to examine how things got to be the way they are and what can be done about it. I recommend it to every teen, teacher, and parent eager to make the world a better place. Grades 6 & up.
This is by far the best book on the environment I have ever read. Not
only does it educate teens on the crucial moment in time they currently
live in, it teaches them how to look behind the headlines to find out
what's really going on, and it emphasizes the importance of taking
action and fighting to save our planet. Using graphics of all kinds--newspaper clipping, charts, old cartoons and ads--and his easy, witty
voice, Fleischman makes these complex topics understandable and
interesting. This book is completely excellent, and very important. I
hope to see both teens and adults reading it.
Paul Fleischman offers teens an environmental wake-up call and a tool kit for decoding the barrage of conflicting information confronting them. We're living in an Ah-Ha moment. Take 250 years of human ingenuity. Add abundant fossil fuels. The result: a population and lifestyle never before seen. The downsides weren't visible for centuries, but now they are. Suddenly everything needs rethinking - suburbs, cars, fast food, cheap prices. It's a changed world. This book explains it. Not with isolated facts, but the principles driving attitudes and events, from vested interests to denial to big-country syndrome. Because money is as important as molecules in the environment, science is joined with politics, history, and psychology to provide the briefing needed to comprehend the 21st century. Extensive back matter, including a glossary, bibliography, and index, as well as numerous references to websites, provides further resources.
About the Author
Paul Fleischman won a Newbery Medal for "Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices" and a Newbery Honor for "Graven Images." He is the author of numerous books, including picture books, young adult fiction, poetry, plays, and nonfiction. Paul Fleischman lives in Santa Cruz.