Earth hour A lights-out event for our planet

Nanette Heffernan

Book - 2020

"From famous monuments to family homes, it's lights out for everyone around the world who participates in Earth Hour--the annual event that honors energy conservation and addresses climate change by encouraging everyone to turn off their lights for one hour on a specific date each March."--

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Genres
Informational works
Picture books
Published
Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge [2020]
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 19 x 27 cm
ISBN
9781580899420
1580899420
Main Author
Nanette Heffernan (author)
Other Authors
Bao Luu (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

This appealing picture book opens with children and adults using energy day and night, all over the world. Energy warms our soup, our bath water, and our homes. It brightens our cities and landmarks at night. But each year, at 8:30 on a Saturday night near the spring equinox, people around the globe turn out their lights in observance of Earth Hour. As the informative back matter states, that action signifies "a pledge to live more sustainably and conserve energy" all year long. Brief but effective, the even-handed text guides readers to scenes of people, usually families, often with visual clues in the background indicating locations on every continent. In the beginning, these scenes are brightly lit, but after Earth Hour begins, the same people and places are lit by the moon, stars, and aurora australis. Like the text, Luu's beautiful digital illustrations create a positive, peaceful tone, depicting a variety of people around the world, united in their determination to protect our shared planet by conserving energy. A hopeful picture book introducing Earth Hour. Preschool-Grade 3. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

For Earth Hour, people turn out the lights "on a Saturday night, at 8:30 sharp, near the equinox in March" as a "pledge to live more sustainably and conserve energy." In the first half of this picture book introduction to Earth Hour, Heffernan describes the many ways that people use energy worldwide, from warming homes to cooking dumpling soup, accompanied by Luu's crisp, cartoony illustrations, which incorporate world landmarks (the Sydney Opera House and Giza Necropolis), assorted landscapes, and people of varying skin tones. Then, "on every continent, millions join together, in quiet celebration, to turn out their lights.... Yet this one hour a year isn't enough." Closing notes more clearly explain Earth Hour's origin, meaning, and purpose, and amplify the text's call to collective action: "Alone we are one.../ but together we have power./ United, we are Earth Hour." Ages 3–7. (Jan.) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 2—This short, sweet, and to the point picture book about energy conservation spotlights Earth Hour. Every March, people all over the world turn off their electricity for one hour in order to save energy. Heffernan explains what energy and electricity are and how the entire planet uses these resources. Each turn of the page shows how people in a different part of the world use electricity, from keeping their homes warm and cool to making food to keeping people and their clothes clean. Luu's gorgeous visuals depict a contrast throughout the book of what different locations on the planet look like with lights on and with lights off. Back matter describes Earth Hour and why it is important to conserve energy. The author's note shares the inspiration for this book. VERDICT An easy-to-read text with great visuals. A serviceable addition to any library's conservation section.—Kristin Joy Anderson, Lewis University, Romeoville, IL Copyright 2020 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A picture book celebration of Earth Hour—a worldwide movement sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature that supports energy conservation and sustainability—shows communities across the globe joining together in turning off nonessential electric lights for one hour to remind us all how one small act can have an enormous impact on the planet. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"From famous monuments to family homes, it's lights out for everyone around the world who participates in Earth Hour--the annual event that honors energy conservation and addresses climate change by encouraging everyone to turn off their lights for one hour on a specific date each March."--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Click flashlights, light lanterns, and get ready to turn electric lights out to celebrate Earth Hour! Wherever you are, you can help our planet.Kids around the world use electric energy to do all kinds of things--adults do, too! From cleaning the clothes we play in, to lighting up our dinner tables, to keeping us warm and toasty when the weather is cold, electricity is a huge part of our lives. Unfortunately, it can also have a big impact on our planet.Earth Hour--a worldwide movement in support of energy conservation and sustainability--takes place each March and is sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF). During Earth Hour, individuals, communities, and businesses in more than 7,000 cities turn off nonessential electric lights for one hour. Across each continent--from the Eiffel Tower to the Great Wall of China to the Statue of Liberty--one small act reminds all of us of our enormous impact on planet Earth.