Age Group: 9-13
Kiran Singer is worried. What can a kid do to help preserve the earth? In her diary, Kiran explores the environmental problems threatening her local wetland. Richly illustrated by Millie Ballance, Sue Ann Alderson’s poems are a celebration of life and our ability to make a difference.
Winner of the ASPCA® Henry Bergh Children’s Book Award (for book best promoting protection of the environment) 2008*Finalist for the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction 2008*Finalist for the Chocolate Lily Award (BC Readers’ Choice) 2009
“In a week’s worth of short, expressive poems, readers will come to know the beauty of this unique environment, as well as the value it holds for nature and humans…They will enjoy a sensory feast presented in simple but vibrant language.” – CM Magazine
“Poems and rich illustrations celebrate life and our ability to make a difference.” – Canadian Children’s Booknews
12-year-old Kiran’s diary reflects her weeklong experience working with her grandmother and a conservation crew to restore a bog in Vancouver, Canada. The poems are accompanied by a series of small, detailed watercolor illustrations as Kiran insightfully and beautifully records her observations of nature and interactions with the “boggers.” – School Library Journal
“Miraculously, Sue Ann Alderson makes a living bog rise from the printed page. It’s remarkable that her musical poems convey not only the sights and sounds of a nature reserve, but its textures and seasons, its plants and birds and animals.” X. J. Kennedy, winner of the National Council of Teachers for Excellence in Children’s Poetry 2000