Synopses & Reviews
Written by service learning expert Cathryn Berger Kaye and celebrity ocean spokesperson Philippe Cousteau, Going Blue educates young people about the earth’s water crisis and gives them tools and inspiration to transform their ideas into action. With lively photos and practical suggestions, the book helps teens plan and do a meaningful service project that benefits our planet’s water system. Along the way, readers learn about issues such as clean water access, coral reef damage, runoff pollution, trash islands, factory fishing, bottled water, and much more. This combination of academic learning and community service is at the heart of the fast-growing teaching strategy known as service learning.
Going Blue is divided into the five stages of service learning: investigation, preparation, action, reflection, and demonstration. Special sections include a history of ocean exploration with a profile of Jacques Cousteau; an interview with Philippe Cousteau; stories of young people around the world addressing water issues; book and Web resources; and an afterword for adults.
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“Not just another book about the environment, this volume . . . [has] outstanding features [that] include fact-filled sidebars, stories about scientists, full-color charts, and an abundance of high-quality photos . . . Instructors will find this to be a valuable resource for planning active learning exercises.”—School Library Journal (starred review)
“Not to be missed for the environmentally conscious.”—Midwest Book Review: Children’s Bookwatch: Environmental Studies Shelf
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“Kaye and Cousteau have set the stage for active involvement of young people in the preservation of their oceans and their planet. It doesn’t get much more important than that.”—Robert Shumer, Ph.D., Information for Action: A Journal for Service-Learning Research with Children and Youth
“[A] valuable how-to manual for [anyone] wishing to protect our precious resource of water.”—VOYA
“Kaye and Cousteau have given us a call to action. All forms of life as we know it depend upon our oceans and waterways. Saving them is not a matter of good will; it is imperative for our survival.” —Laurie David, Author of The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming
“Going Blue is an essential book for teens, parents, teachers, and everyone who cares about the future of the planet. A must-read.”—Dan Buettner, New York Times Best-Selling Author of The Blue Zones and Thrive
“If we truly want to save and protect our water planet for future generations, then we must empower youth with the knowledge, technology, and tools to become tomorrow’s change agents. The good news is that Cathryn Berger Kaye and Philippe Cousteau’s Going Blue: A Teen Guide to Saving Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands offers young people an easy-to-read guidebook that energizes and empowers an entire generation to take part in sustainable activities that benefit and ultimately save our environment.” —Lori McFarling, CMO, Discovery Education