Sunday, March 15, 2009

NONFICTION: "An Environmental Guide from A to Z"

Growing Green Minds with the release of
An Environmental Guide from A to Z

At a time when fewer and fewer children experience nature directly, author
and environmental educator Tim Magner invites young explorers to discover
the outdoors and see how the world works from A to Z.

An Environmental Guide from A to Z uses people, places and concepts to reveal how the
countless pieces and parts of nature weave, connect and link everything together. This 48-
page book scans the globe—from the amazing Amazon rainforest to the peak of Kilimanjaro to
the depths of the ocean with Jacque Cousteau—while pulling in nature nearby by asking
questions tying us to our surroundings, e.g. How many types of insects live in your backyard?
Have you made a map of your local natural community? Ever grown a tree? Visited a farmer’s
market? Followed animal tracks in the snow? Caught a fish?

To top it off, each letter contains a Did You Know? section explaining things like composting
and where fossil fuels originate, or fascinating facts like Queen Cleopatra declared worms to
be sacred animals and thirsty camels can drink a bathtub of water in ten minutes!
“Our objective was to create a reading experience to inspire young explorers to open their
minds to the wonders of the world and to the amazing nature right out their backdoor,” says,
Tim Magner. “If we can only get kids to unplug from their electronics long enough to give
nature a chance. Nature provides all the answers we need.”

Basic enough for an eight-year-old and challenging enough for a twelve-year-old, An
Environmental Guide from A to Z explodes with ideas surrounded by artist Aubri Vincent-
Barwood’s stunning illustrations.
Explaining the environment is an ambitious task, but—from the basics of energy, to growing
food and how nature cycles everything—An Environmental Guide delivers. Bill McKIbben,
author, environmentalist and educator describes the book, “An important read. It’s the world we need, letter by letter.” Not to be outdone, L. Hunter Lovins, President & Founder of Natural
Capitalism, Inc raves, “It's perfect for opening eyes and minds to a better way of living—all
possible when we engage with nature. Well done."
Journalists: Tim Magner, also author of N is for Nature and Earl the Earthworm Digs for His
Life, is available for interviews.
Published by Green Sugar Press., March, 2009. ISBN#: 978-0-9820417-6-5, $19.95
8.75” x 11.50” trade hardcover. 48 pages. Avail through A.P.G. (distributor) or Baker & Taylor.
Also available: downloadable parent and teacher guides.
For more information, contact Cammy Hines at 847-977-2723 and or

ROOTS & SHOOTS BOOK CLUB: An Environmental Guide from A to Z by Tim Magner

People, animals and the environment—as a Roots & Shoots member you already know that everything is connected! Read An Environmental Guide from A to Z ( by Tim Magner to take that knowledge one step further.

Starting from A is for Amazon Rainforests> and ending with Z is for Zoo, this book is brimming with enough information to interest any young environmentalist. Through beautiful illustrations by Aubri Vincent-Barwood and an easy to understand writing style, you see how people, places and animals are connected in nature. After learning about each topic, you will find a set of questions that encourage you to get outside and try finding some answers for yourself.

The letter K features Tanzania’s own Mount Kilimanjaro, ( the highest peak in Africa. This book shows what makes Mount Kili so important to African people and wildlife. You are then asked to answer questions about the highest hill that you have climbed and to explore what makes mountains in your region so important!

If you are inspired by An Environmental Guide from A to Z, take the following ideas back to share with your R&S group.

· Create your own Abecedary
An Environmental Guide from A to Z is an abecedary (, or a book that highlights one word for each letter of the alphabet. Get together with your Roots & Shoots group and use plants, animals, people and places that are important in your community to create your own abecedary. Then share your book by reading it at your local library.

· Become a Backyard Scientist
A lot of the questions featured in this book encourage you to go outside and observe nature-just like scientists do! Have your next Roots & Shoots meeting outside. Take the first few minutes to observe your surroundings, from the largest trees to the smallest insects. Write or draw your observations and share them with the group.

· Relate It to Roots & Shoots
Just like this book, the Roots & Shoots model is based on building knowledge before you can take action. Use the Roots & Shoots community survey in the resource center ( to build knowledge. You can use the answers to the survey to plan your next project!

1 comment:

SmallWorld at Home said...

This is wonderful! Our American Heritage Girls troop is going to be doing the "Caring for the Environment" badge as part of our summer camp, and I will absolutely have to find this A to Z guide!