Title: The Kids' Solar Energy Book
Author: Tilly Spetgang and Malcolm Wells
Concepts: environmental conservation, natural resources, scarcity, innovation, price, production
Review: This book invites you to join a particularly timely and interesting discussion of solar energy in a classroom occupied by a knowledgeable teacher and a set of lively students. Solar energy has, of course, taken on greater relevance as concern grows over the earth’s supply of non-renewable energy sources and as people around the world take a more proactive stance toward conservation and eco-friendly lifestyles.
Today’s youth have a strong stake in the development of alternative fuel sources, and they will have a powerful voice in the future to affect change as they start to pay taxes and vote. Already in countries such as Japan and Israel where imported fuel sources are relatively costly, many families rely on active solar systems, which include solar panels, to energize their homes. Other homes are designed with passive solar systems and improved insulation to store warmth.
The clear text is effective in informing without preaching, while the madcap illustrations can help eliminate whatever dryness readers might expect to find in a book about solar energy. Cleverly intertwined with the science are a series of economics lessons about the cost advantages of energy-efficient buildings and changes over time in the production and price of solar cells. The Kids’ Solar Energy Book makes a useful resource that will prompt readers to want to learn more about adopting solar power systems.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children