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Make a Splash! A Kidís Guide to Protecting Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands
Reach And Teach says:
This is an outstanding book by the two most qualified people we can imagine to help kids learn about and do something about protecting our oceans, akles, rivers and wetlands.
About the Book:
This elementary-level counterpart to the award-winning Going Blue: A Teen Guide to Saving Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands teaches elementary kids about the earth’s water crisis and empowers them to do something about it.
Filled with facts about our waters, their inhabitants, and the threats they face, Make a Splash! presents inspiring stories of kids in action and service projects for kids to help them make a difference. In fun and age appropriate language, kids are introduced to service learning ideas. Service learning is a rapidly growing teaching strategy that combines academic learning and meaningful service in the community. Kids interested in nature and the environment will enjoy Make a Splash! Service learning groups, youth groups, science teachers, and teachers of conservation and environmentalism units will find it a valuable resource. The back matter includes book and Web resources and a glossary, and a free leader’s guide is available.
128 pages, illustrated, softcover, full-color, 8" x 8", Juvenile Nonfiction/Environmental Issues/Service Learning, ages 8–12, ISBN 978-1-57542-417-0
About the Authors:
Cathryn Berger Kaye, M.A., is an international service learning and education consultant and a former classroom teacher. She presents at conferences around the world and works with state departments of education, university faculty and students, school districts, and classroom teachers on a variety of education issues such as service learning, civic responsibility, student leadership, and respectful school communities. Cathryn lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Barry, and frequently visits her daughters, Ariel and Devora.
Cathryn Berger Kaye’s workshop topics include:
• Inspiring social responsibility through literature
• Cross curriculum connections between content, skills, and service
• Service learning as teaching methodology
• Creating a respectful learning environment through service
• Developing a school-wide strategy for service learning
Explorer, social entrepreneur, and environmental advocate, Philippe Cousteau is the son of Jan and Philippe Cousteau Sr., and the grandson of Captain Jacques Cousteau. As a member of the legendary family, Philippe is continuing the work of his father and grandfather through EarthEcho International, a leading nonprofit environmental education organization.
Philippe is also founder of The Global Echo Foundation, which provides resources to solve many of the challenges facing the world community from social issues impacting women and children to environmental conservation, as well as supporting social entrepreneurship.
Philippe is a special correspondent for CNN International where he hosts documentaries and reports on environmental and humanitarian stories. His recent expeditions include exploration of the extreme science of climate change deep in the frozen arctic and the deforestation and indigenous rights in the Sumatran jungles of Indonesia.
Philippe is a regular speaker at conferences around the world. He has written for publications, including National Geographic, and has lectured at such institutions as the United Nations, Harvard University, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He is a frequent contributor to CNN.com, Huffington Post, and TreeHugger.com. Philippe serves on the Board of Directors of the Ocean Conservancy, Marine Conservation Biology Institute, the National Environmental Education Foundation, and the National Council of the World Wildlife Fund. Philippe has also testified to Congress on issues of ocean management and off-shore drilling. Most recently, he was appointed founder and co-chair of the Gulf Action Network for the Clinton Global Initiative.
Philippe’s travels have taken him diving, rock climbing, trekking, and snowboarding around the world. From expeditions in the highlands of Papua New Guinea to war-torn Sarajevo, where he provided humanitarian aid, he has learned that exploring the connections between humans and the environment are as important as exploring nature itself. He holds a master’s degree in history from the University of St. Andrews.
“Infuses every chapter with inspiration and gives dozens of examples in which kids are agents of change in their communities. Creating an energizing, upbeat tone, the writers don’t plead for help; they ask, ‘Which kind of action will you choose?’”—Booklist
“Jam-packed with readily accessible information and ideas, this is an engaging addition to science and environmental collections.”—School Library Journal
“This would be a good book to learn about water, or it would be really good if you had to do a report about water.”—Hannah, age 6, San Francisco Book Review
“Make a Splash! makes important water issues interesting to learn about—it’s good to the last drop!”
—Milo Cress, age 11, founder of Be Straw Free
“The first time a child sees an ocean or a great river, magic happens. Make A Splash! reaches for the hearts of all young people who love wild water, and who want to do something to keep it pure and everlasting.”—Carl Hiaasen, author of Chomp
“Fun and motivational! Kids will love learning about our important, fragile, and challenged water planet. Make a Splash! will inspire them to do what they can to protect, restore, and advocate for all natural systems that support life.”—Laura Turner Seydel, Captain Planet Foundation
“Make a Splash! provides valuable information about threats to our waters, and more importantly it gives concrete and inspiring examples of how kids have made—and can make—a real difference. It’s a book that I suggest to all who are concerned about our oceans and waterways.”—Jason Chin, author and illustrator of Coral Reefs and Island: A Story of the Galápagos
“Kids who read this book will find themselves captivated by the world of water and primed to do their part in protecting it.”—Eileen Spinelli, author of over 40 children’s books, including Miss Fox’s Class Goes Green
“Make a Splash! clearly illustrates how various water issues affect people, animals, and the environment while providing young people practical ways to improve their local water sources. Full of great stories, facts, and tools, Make a Splash! is an excellent resource to help youth plan water-focused service learning adventures in their own backyards.”—Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, a program of the Jane Goodall Institute
“Earth to kids . . . Hey kids, we need you! Grown-ups? They’re not paying enough attention to some of the things that will matter to you, like nature and the ocean. So, you’re gonna need to learn to do some things yourself. And the people who wrote this book—they really know their stuff. And they really care about you! I am pretty sure you’ll like this book!”—Carl Safina, author of The View from Lazy Point and founding president of the Blue Ocean Institute
“Puts kids in the driver’s seat and allows them to explore a newfound motivation to protect the largest masses of substance on this planet, our waterways. Kaye’s continuous service and expertise combines with Cousteau’s clear passion for the environment to inspire kids to take action and care for the planet’s water. Books like Make a Splash! give me hope that younger generations will have the knowledge, skills and drive to help us live in a cleaner, greener world!”—Tom Szaky, founder and CEO of TerraCycle
“An inspiring and kid-friendly introduction to the challenges facing our oceans and waterways, Make a Splash! gives kids all the tools they need to become champions for the environment and really make a difference. A great resource for anyone who wants to protect our waters—and have fun doing it.”—Greg MacGillivray, IMAX Producer/Director, MacGillivray Freeman Films and Founder of One World One Ocean
“A spirited rallying cry on behalf of the world’s water. Cathryn Berger Kaye’s confidence in the power of kids to turn what they learn into tools for action is a perfect complement to the enthusiasm and curiosity of Philippe Cousteau, a passionate environmentalist and the grandson the famous late-oceanographer Jacques Cousteau. Together, the authors conduct a bright and lively tour that reveals the beauty, interconnectedness and vital importance of the wet stuff that covers three-quarters of our planet and makes up three-quarters of our bodies.”—Peter Christie, science writer and author of 50 Climate Questions: A Blizzard of Blistering Facts