The Environment: Explore, Create and Investigate
Illustrated by Pau Morgan
Published September 22, 2020
About The Environment
THE ENVIRONMENT is a simple first introduction to the environment—the air, soil, water, plants, and animals. How do we as humans slot into the natural world around us and how do our actions affect the environment? What on Earth can we do about it?
The book contains three different types of pages: Explore, Investigate, and Create. This structure provides a child-led and hands-on way for children to learn about the world around them. Create pages consist of fun crafts and activities to give children a chance to play and have fun while learning.
One of the things I really liked about THE ENVIRONMENT is the broad reach of the information it offers and pairs with experiments and activities. While it covers the basics– how important the environment is, how it’s our home as well as home to plants and animals around us– but also pushes beyond that to talk about things less often discussed, like pollution from the fashion industry.
The only thing that I felt was lacking was more definitions/explanations within the text. For example, there’s a project that’s meant to attract “minibeasts,” and I’m not sure what the term minibeasts means. Later on, there’s a section about the Greenhouse Effect which talks about how it’s just like a greenhouse but doesn’t explain what a greenhouse is.
I think this book would be a great companion to an elementary grade environmental science unit or a really cool book to use as a frame for summer projects, since there are a lot of activities and experiments to support the information in the chapters.
Readers interested in learning about caring for the earth or who enjoy interactive activities will enjoy this book.
If you have slightly older readers looking for information on how humans can cause harm to the environment, I also recommend Trashing the Planet by Stuart A. Kallen.
Recommended for Ages 6 to 12.
Illustrations show a diverse group of children interacting with experiments, projects, and the environment.
Profanity/Crude Language Content
One section includes information about an indigenous group in New Zealand who believe rivers and mountains are our relatives.
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