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rims, and tires between road, off-road, and BMX bikes. Cyclist BikeList emphasizes finding the bike that fits you – your cycling style, your budget, and your interests. With short biogra- phies of cycling superstars like Lance Armstrong, Clara Hughes and Eddy Merckx, Cyclist BikeList offers inspi- ration for young riders everywhere. Geared towards ages 10-14, this book would be a useful reference for school libraries, in bike safety programs, gym classes and for youth cycling teams. – (PM)

Tundra Books, 2010, ISBN 978-0-88776- 784-5 (pb), 56 pp., US$17.95/C$19.99 from Tundra Books, (800) 788-1074, <>.

Where Fires Dance Where Fires Dance, by Alison Clark and Eric Howe, tells the story of the endangered the Black Oak Savanna ecosystem in an entertaining fictional format for grades 4-7. By following Edward the Hairstreak butterfly as he meets many fellow species in the Savanna, the story sheds light on some of the complex interconnec- tions between these creatures

and the land. Accurate and informa- tive accounts of Savannah species are enhanced by a well-photographed species guide at the back. Where Fires Dance is perhaps best suited for grades 4-7 because of how clearly it describes habitats and physical adaptations. Other themes such as stewardship, animal and plant interactions, ecosystems, the food and life cycles, human impact on the environment and generalist versus specialist species are interwoven throughout the tale. – (JH)

Good Nature Ecological Services, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9813979-0-0 (pb), 33 pp, C$15 from Good Nature Ecological Services,, <www.good->.

Forces of Nature This 50-minute DVD delves into the lives of twelve young recipients of the Brower Youth Award, the most prestigious environmental prize in North America for youth. All of the youth, ages 13-22, played an important role as activists in their communities. Their stories and the societal issues they address, are as diverse as the

communities in which they live. Their activities included fighting the use of coal for electricity, creating a com- munity garden as a basis for fostering environmental

justice and assisting homeowners with energy saving improvements. Though each profile is brief, this DVD will in- spire school-aged children to become active in service-learning projects in their communities. Best suited for grades 7-12. – (EJ)

Earth Island Institute, 2010. (50 minute DVD), US$49 (K-12 schools, libraries & non-profits) from The Video Project, (800) 475-2638, <>; C$55 (home/site licence) from McNabb Connelly, (866) 722- 1522, <>.

Get Out! Get Out! 150 Easy Ways for Kids and Grown-Ups to Get Into Nature and Build a Greener Future, by Judy Mol- land, provides specific examples for students and adults ages 7 and up to embrace nature, go on environ- mental outings, become green consumers, and be active and get involved in the community. Beginning with simple starting points for em-

bracing nature like keeping a nature journal, the book delves into more spe- cific activities like raising butterflies, and often provides additional resourc- es for more information. From simple ways that everyone can become in- volved to more complex activity-based projects that can be undertaken by a class or group of students, this book is ideal for teachers, group leaders and even families. Some of the activities may seem obvious to experienced environmentalists, but for others, this anthology of ideas will likely prove a very valuable resource. – (MH)

Free Spirit Publishing, ISBN 978-1-57542- 335-7 (pb), 121pp., US$10.99 from Free Spirit Publishing, 2009, <www.freespirit. com>; C$14.50 from Georgetown Publi- cations, <www.georgetownpublications. com>.

An Environmental Guide

from A to Z An Environmental Guide from A to Z allows children aged 4-8 to learn about a different environmental topic for each letter of the alphabet. Topics include concepts like energy and greenhouse gases, key elements of the biosphere like plankton and the Amazon rainfor- est, and famous and not-so-famous environmental leaders. Serving as a good starting point to get youngsters interested in environmental science, each topic includes “Did you know?” facts and suggestions for simple extension activities. While its colour- ful pages and clear prose make this a good book for children to explore on their own, it is equally a good book for teachers and parents to read with chil- dren to provide further explanation; adults will likely find interest in some of the topics and learn something new. – (MH/JCooper)

Green Sugar Press, 2009, ISBN 978— 9820-41765 (hc), 48 pp., US$15.50 from Green Sugar Press, <www.greensugar->.

My Animal Family Sometimes it is difficult to reach each child’s individual strengths within the classroom setting. The My Animal Family book series tackles this prob- lem by addressing various learning styles (visual, verbal and kinesthetic). Each title includes a book, a DVD and a website that teach young children ages 3-9 about a specific animal and its habitat. Two books, Ella: A Baby Elephant’s Story and Leo: A Lion’s Story, each provide glimpses into the daily lives of a baby animal, and are narrated by the animal. The accom- panying DVDs retell these stories, narrated by a child’s voice, and feature award-winning animal footage from the BBC. Together, they are likely to turn children’s fascination with ani- mals into real love and appreciation. As multimedia resources, they may be better suited for home use.– (MH) Smart Kidz Media, 2007, Ella: ISBN 978-0-


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