By Author / Illustrator
Catherine Barr, Steve Williams, Amy Husband, Mike Love
Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
The Story of Climate Change introduces one of the most important issues facing our world today, and tells you what you can do to help make a change!
Combining history with science, this book charts the changes in our Earth's climate, from the beginnings of the planet and its atmosphere, to the Industrial revolution and the dawn of machinery. You'll learn all about the causes of climate change, such as factory farming and pollution, and the effects that climate change has on humans and animals across the world.
As well as discovering the effects of global warming, you'll discover practical ways we can work together to solve it, from using renewable energy to swapping meat for vegetables in our diet.
With fact-packed text by Catherine Barr and vibrant illustrations by Amy Husband and Mike Love, The Story of Climate Change will give you all the information you need, and will inspire you to do your part to fight the climate emergency!
This beautiful book portrays itself as 'a first book about how we can help save our planet' but I would say it goes far beyond being the first stop on a journey of understanding climate change and is one that can be read and referred to over and over again.
As well as being beautifully engaging and stunningly illustrated by Amy Husband and Mike Love, this book is written in a way that both answers children's questions about the planet and how it is changing, but encourages them to ask further. This book really captures and capitulates on the natural curiosity that children have whilst delivering knowledge in bitesize chunks and easy to understand language, it is accessible for all. In particular, the timeline that runs throughout the book helps children to understand when things have happened and there is a handy future section which will inspire further discussion about the role of all humans as global citizens.
This text can easily be linked in a cross curricular manner, PSHE, science, art, geography, history and more. It is a text that delivers a lot of knowledge and facts whilst not patronising children; the cold hard reality of the planet is outlined but offers hope for what is to come.
40 pages / Reviewed by Nicola Mansfield, teacher
Suggested Reading Age 7+
The story of Climate Change tells the story of our climate from the beginning of its formation to the creation of fossil fuels and their use today, and explains how our use of fossil fuels is impacting on our planet. As well as showing human's impact on the planet, there are suggestions for how society can start to address the issues.
While the book tackles some challenging and complex issues, this is done in a way that children aged 7+ can understand and while it doesn't sugar-coat the challenges we face, the information on how we can help to change things does give hope that there is still time to act. The images are wonderful - bright and child-friendly.
This book, which I'd recommend for ages 7+, can be used across the curriculum but especially in science and for STEAM projects. The beautifully illustrated landscapes could also be used as inspiration for art lessons for children to create their own collage landscapes.
40 pages / Reviewed by Elen Green
Suggested Reading Age 7+