Once in America, people had a different way of thinking. We had won WWII and our resources were limitless. Rivers carried our garbage away. Smog had the smell of prosperity. And DDT was a wonder weapon against insect enemies.Then birds began dropping from our skies. The Cuyahoga River caught fire. And smog killed townspeople in Donora, Pennsylvania.No one in Washington seeOnce in America, people had a different way of thinking. We had won WWII and our resources were limitless. Rivers carried our garbage away. Smog had the smell of prosperity. And DDT was a wonder weapon against insect enemies.Then birds began dropping from our skies. The Cuyahoga River caught fire. And smog killed townspeople in Donora, Pennsylvania.No one in Washington seemed to care.But the environment had one champion, Senator Gaylord Nelson. Flying to an oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, he got an idea. He hired a college student, Denis Hayes, to make it happen. The result was the largest demonstration in US history....
|Title||:||When Rivers Burned: The Earth Day Story|
|Number of Pages||:||80 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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When Rivers Burned: The Earth Day Story Reviews
"Crotta Brennan does a good job here laying out her material as a narrative. She begins with the pre-Earth Day problems that led to the activism that led to the political action that led to Earth Day. It's not just an environmental book, it's a good beginner nonfiction book. I can see this book being recommended to upper elementary students so they can learn what nonfiction should be and how they should read it."Excerpt from Original Content
I am old enough to remember the first Earth Day in 1970. But at the time I was not old enough to understand the issues that made Earth Day necessary. Nor did I know anything about the people who made it happen. Now I do.WHEN RIVERS BURNED is part biography, part environmental thriller. It opens with brief synopses of crucial environmental catastrophes in this country: the unchecked use of DDT, the killer smog in a small industrial town, the flaming Cuyahoga River. It immediately hooks the reader in. I can't imagine any child not being fascinated by the idea of a river so polluted it was set afire. Period photos are used to good effect to illustrate to young readers who are (thankfully) used to a cleaner world that once, yes, rivers burned and a hand stuck into polluted water came out gloved with black goo. Colorful illustrations are also used to complement the photos.These stories are interspersed with biographies of key players in the Earth Day movement, Gaylord Nelson and Denis Hayes. The author sets their lives in historical context to detail the chronology of how the first Earth Day was born, complete with all its initial setbacks. The book is well-written and Brennan patiently draws all the threads together, revealing what happened to the smog-filled town and silent skies, and extending her coverage to present day oil spills. It is also quite nicely laid out, with a large number of interesting sidebars on everything from a mini-biography of Mahatma Gandhi to the first earth Day ad to lyrics from HAIR. The sidebars help to flesh out the narrative and give a great feel of what it was like to live in the days of hippies and sit-ins. A highly recommended book for any young reader interested in science, politics, or in the environment. Also recommended for classroom use in teaching about Earth Day.
Environment problem, including smog, water contamination, radiation and more, influence every people who live in the earth. There are more and more people and animals died of the environment pollution. People have aware the significance of environmental protection.In this book, Linda described the unchecked use of DDT, the killer smog in a small industrial town, the flaming Cuyahoga River. it is both a environmental thriller and an biography. This book is an biography of Senator Gaylord Nelson and Denis Hayes who play an important role in the Earth Day movement. And the pictures in this book also provide meaningful details to readers. This book is deserved students who care about environment or policy to read. I think every one should do little thing to protect our earth. Teacher should encourage and teach student to do some little things for our environment, such as recycling water, paper, and electrical energy saving.
Pretty solid youth nonfiction, if a little dry. Some of the sidebars seemed to come out of nowhere. Why the reference to the musical "Hairspray?" It did not add anything to the narrative and there was no other mention of it in the book. I don't know how much a child would enjoy this one, but it might be a nice addition to a classroom or school library for additional information.
Finished just in time for Earth Day. Extensive, informative, a tad dry and a bit disjointed but earnest and important. Illustrated with plenty of black and white photos and augmented unnecessarily by drawn illustrations that did little to add to the text. The photos were most intriguing.