Earth Hour: A Lights-Out Event for Our Planet by Nanette Heffernan, illustrated by Bao Luu

Published by Charlesbridge

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Summary:  All over the world, people use energy to light up the nighttime.  Kids and their families are shown enjoying this illumination at the Sydney Opera House, the Eiffel Tower, the pyramids of Egypt, and other places around the globe.  “Energy is a wonderful resource from Earth–a gift from nature we respect and conserve.” To honor this, people around the world observe Earth Hour at 8:30 p.m. in late March, when they turn off their lights for 60 minutes.  “Alone we are one…but together we have power. United, we are Earth Hour.” Includes additional information about Earth Hour, and how our energy use is leading to climate change; also, an author’s note about how she came to write this book.  32 pages; ages 3-7.

Pros:  A simple but effective introduction to an event I was not aware of.  I like how the illustrations portray kids and their families at famous landmarks around the world to show that Earth Hour and energy conservation are global concerns.

Cons:  There were no additional resources listed or websites to find out when Earth Hour is this year (it’s March 28, 2020).


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