Friday, July 2, 2010

Book Review: A Place for Delta


With all the human accomplishments we witness everyday, such as the oil spill, the global warming and the death of polar bears makes it clear that something is wrong.

And do you know what is wrong?

We are not educating kids about the importance of the environment. Unfortunately in schools, we teach kids languages, math, GYM, etc. but we don’t teach them how to take care of their environment.

So I was reading a book called, A Place for Delta,  that basically gives the basics to all kids and teens about the importance of the environment in a simple and direct way.

The summary of the book:
"Joseph can hardly believe what he has been asked to do. His Aunt Kate, a wildlife biologist, is waiting for him at a research station and needs his help taking care of an orphaned polar bear cub only a few months old. He will leave his friends and family and venture to the farthest northern town in the United States. As the adventure unfolds, Joseph and his newfound Eskimo friend Ada find mysteries wherever they look. The bear cub, Delta, remains in danger. Who would want a polar bear dead? Joseph will have to look to the North Georgia woods to save Delta. When his parents were kids, they too embarked on an excursion into the unknown. Their encounters with the wilderness beyond their backyard have shaped the future for Joseph and Delta. A Place for Delta is about one family's journey—a passage born in the Appalachian Mountains and leading to the Arctic."

A place for Delta written by Melissa Walker is way to deliver the importance of the animals and their ecosystems. The novel also creates an image of the real situation of animals suffering because of human actions in the far North. While reading the book, I learned that polar bears eat seals and guess what? Every year we kill more than 50,000 seals to …. To eat them ourselves. So we are not just destroying their habitat but we are also killing one of their food supplies.

The book was so much fun to read and I think kids and teens should start educating themselves with the environmental issues that are surrounding us. 

Here is a fun commercial:

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