Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines – Paul Fleischman


  51o3oX8LNTL    Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines by Paul Fleischman, Candlewick Press, 2014

Format: Hardcover

Rating:  5

What did you like about the book?  Paul Fleischman delivers a sobering message about the state of the world’s environment along with a thorough description of how we have arrived here. Although others have been sounding the same warnings for some time now, Fleischman uses particularly thoughtful and well-articulated arguments and examples. Along with everything else it does right, this book provides an excellent example of how to thoroughly document sources in its forty-five pages of source notes, bibliography, and index.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  I would have preferred color illustrations, but the black-and-white images fit with the book’s message of minimizing impact on the environment.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Recommend especially to middle school science teachers for its masterful exposition of the many factors that have led to climate change. Anyone teaching critical thinking skills would also find it useful.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries, middle school libraries and middle school science teachers

Where would you shelve it? File in non-fiction in the 363’s with other books about climate change

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Yes – this is exemplary middle school non-fiction about an important topic!

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA

Date of review: 11/18/14

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