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Reviewers: John Cooper, Jessica Culverhouse, Kristen Ferguson, Maria Harvey, Jon Hayes, Gail Jardine, Elizabeth Johnson and Phyllis McKenzie.

A Human- Powered

Home Recognizing a need to move to alternative energy sources while improv- ing the health

of individuals, The Human-Powered Home: Choosing Muscles Over Motors by Tamara Dean shows how manual devices can replace many standard appliances in the modern home. Apart from providing a fascinating history of manual machine development featuring designs of people-powered machines from around the world, this illustrated text is a how-to manual, providing plans for creating a pedal- powered blender, generator and a treadle pump, to name a few. The information provided on human power potential can help one determine which items are better powered by people rather than electricity or motors. The Human-Powered Home would make a great resource for secondary students studying machines, design, and engi- neering, especially as a way to draw cross-curricular connections with environmental issues; however, its plain language and fascinating content make it a fascinating book for almost any reader. – (PM)

New Society Publishers, 2008, ISBN 978- 0-86571-601-8 (pb), 261 pp., US/C$29.95 from New Society Publishers, <www.>.

The Atlas

of Water A colorful and information- packed reference, The Atlas of Water: Mapping the World’s Most Critical

Resource is an interesting and infor- mative guide to some of the leading

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challenges the Earth faces regarding its supply of fresh water. Topics cover a range of different disciplines, such as economics (for example, rates of irrigation worldwide), biology and social sciences (example: the role of water in spreading and containing disease), and environmental science (example: the predicted effects of climate change on water run-off across the world). Each topic occupies a two- page spread, is introduced by a few brief paragraphs which provide a background introduction and salient facts, and is il- lustrated by world maps, charts, graphs, and photos. This book is most appropri- ate for a middle or high school audience or as an educator’s reference. – (JC)

University of California Press, 2009, ISBN 978-0-520-25934-8 (pb), 128 pp., US$21.95 from University of California Press, <>.

Granted! Granted! A Teacher’s Guide to Writing & Winning Class- room Grants is a book for those looking to supplement their budgets

with grant funds. Readers will find a walk-through of each phase of the grant writing process – identifying a funding organization, developing a project, organizing a project timeline, outlining a budget, and evaluating and reporting success. Worksheets and templates for grant documents such as budgets, timelines, and press releases are included in the guide, as well as tips and reminders to make a grant applica- tion stand out. This resource is useful for any formal K-12 educator wishing to begin writing grants or refresh his or her grant-writing skills. – (JC)

Five Star Publications, 2009, ISBN 978-1- 58985-113-9 (pb), 184 pp., US$24.95 from Five Star Publications, <www.fivestarpubli->.

Earth Worm Disco Shira Kline’s “Earth Worm Disco” delivers eleven catchy songs for children ages 5-9 on themes such as getting outside to greenhouse gases to farmers’ markets to ideas for crafts


that reuse household items. The CD is well produced, and the genres range from hard rock to

disco to acoustic pop. With song titles like “Roll Up On Your Tricycle, Recy- clin’ Machine and Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rock”, the lyrics are catchy. Many children will love these awareness-raising songs. The lyrics can be downloaded from <www.>. Highly recom- mended, this CD is made from 100% recycled soda and water bottles! – (MH)

Shira Kline, 2009, ISBN 7-00261-27902-2 (40-minute CD), US$15 from Shira Kline, <>.

The Climate Challenge In The Climate Challenge, 101 Solu- tions to Global Warming, author Guy Dauncey attempts to do just what the book’s title suggests. In the first of 2 parts, he outlines the “challenge” of global warming, providing a basic backgrounder on the science of global warming and the problematic decisions we must make to halt its progression, with an emphasis on energy. Part two offers specific solutions to these prob- lems (such as, “Start a climate action group”) targeted at different individuals, communities, institutions, businesses and industries and govern- ments. A final section offers global solutions applicable to everyone. Each

part of the “challenge” in part one, and each solution in part two is presented in a mini-chapter occupying a two- page spread, including (black & white) photographs, charts and internet links. Due to the brevity of the chapters, each issue is explored at only a cursory level, but the range of topics discussed in one volume and links many to external web resources make this book a useful reference and starting point for action amongst various audiences.

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