I love Usborne, but I’m so disappointed in this book.
On page 114 of this book, it states that people who used to work in the coal industry are now growing trees and plants and others have been retrained as beekeepers.
Really, Usborne? I consider myself an Usborne fanatic and have never, ever left a negative review. But, that statement is just hogwash. We are from a railroading town. My husband is a coal miner. Do you know how many people we know that left the coal industry to grow plants and become beekeepers? Zero. There is nothing wrong with growing plants and trees, nor is there anything wrong with being a beekeeper. But, this is blatantly spreading false information to children.
There are ways to inform others of alternative energy sources without making up stories. I DO NOT recommend this book. Sadly, we have the whole series. This one will not be staying in our collection.
11/1/2020 5:20 PM
I love this book for all the great ideas in ways kids (and our classroom!) can be involved in saving the planet! It’s also filled with fun facts about people all over the world. THANKS!! My class LOVES this series!!!
1/13/2021 2:37 PM
Thanks to a previous review - I am ordering this book. I was delighted that this book includes information about the Appalachian Beekeeping Collective. 187 million trees have also been planted on old mines spearheaded by a former coal industry regulator. I can't wait to read the rest of this factual book.
1/23/2021 7:34 PM
Practical ideas and information
This book is two-fold. It contains some practical ideas that you can apply at home to help save the planet. It also contains information about what needs to be done on a much bigger scale. I read it with my 4 year old like a chapter book, a few pages at a time. It is a little wordy for younger readers, but I recommend it overall.
*Please ignore the negative review about the coal industry and bee keeping. In 2019 there was a movement in Appalachia to begin beekeeping. One person's personal experience doesn't make information presented in this book incorrect. A quick search will yield reputable news articles about this topic.
8/27/2021 6:13 AM