The Last Straw: Kids vs. Plastics

by Susan Hood

On Sale: 02/16/2021

The Last Straw: Kids vs. Plastics

by Susan Hood

illustrated by Christiane Engel

On Sale: 02/16/2021

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About the Book

"Thoughtful and thought-provoking, this book will plant the seeds of environmental activism in young readers." —Kirkus (starred review)

“I encourage everyone to read this book.” —Dr. Jane Goodall

There’s no doubt about it—plastic is in almost everything. From our phones and computers to our toys and utensils, plastic is everywhere. But the amount of plastic we throw away is hurting the health of our planet.

With The Last Straw: Kids vs. Plastics, readers will be fascinated as they learn about the growing plastic problem and meet just a few of the young activists who are standing up and speaking out for change.

  • You’ll hear about the “Be Straw Free” campaign, started by nine-year-old Milo Cress.
  • You’ll discover how scientists are using jellyfish snot and munching, crunching caterpillars to break down plastic pollution faster.
  • You’ll meet Xóchitl Guadalupe Cruz López, the eight-year-old girl turning old plastic bottles into solar heaters.

And there are many more incredible kids here, not much older than our readers, who will inspire us all to change the way we think about plastic!

With an introduction from Milo Cress and bright, colorful illustrations from Christiane Engel, this collection of brilliant, lyrical nonfiction poems by award-winning author Susan Hood highlights the threat of plastic and the kids who are fighting for change to save our planet. Includes extensive backmatter with a timeline, author’s note, further resources, and more.

Critical Praise

Thoughtful and thought-provoking, this book will plant the seeds of environmental activism in young readers. — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

In this factually augmented poetry collection, Hood illuminates the reasons, repercussions, and remedies for humans’ considerable use of plastic....Engel’s vivid, inclusive digital illustrations bolster this appealingly accessible picture book. — Publishers Weekly

A fantastic resource for those who want to learn about the fight against plastic pollution. A useful book to include in poetry or social awareness units, this is a thorough resource on plastic consumption. — School Library Journal

A breezy way of introducing ecology concepts and starting important conversations.
Booklist

With an introduction from Milo Cress and bright, colorful illustrations from Christiane Engel, this collection of brilliant, lyrical nonfiction poems by award-winning author Susan Hood highlights the threat of plastic and the kids who are fighting for change to save our planet.  — kidlit.tv

You'll finish this book and think about what you can do to help the environment. — Mrs. Knott's Book Blog

You don’t want to miss this smart read.  — Betsy Bird, School Library Journal Blog

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062981394
  • ISBN 10: 0062981390
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
  • On Sale: 02/16/2021
  • Pages: 48
  • List Price:23.99 CAD
  • Ages: 4 to 8
  • BISAC1 : JUVENILE NONFICTION / Poetry / General
  • BISAC2 : JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Environmental Conservation & Protection
  • BISAC3 : JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Environmental Science & Ecosystems
  • BISAC4 : JUVENILE NONFICTION / Recycling & Green Living

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