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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Children's Book Review: The Wizard Who Saved the World by Jeffrey Bennett

The Wizard Who Saved the World
Author:  Jeffrey Bennett (Big Kid Science)
Illustrated by Roberta Collier-Morales
Copyright:  2012
Publisher: Independent Publishers Group
Genre:  Children
Pages:  32 Hardcover
ISBN 9780972181952
Release date:  November
Source:  Lissy Peace & Associates Ltd
A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

The Wizard Who Saved the World will be released simultaneously in both English and Spanish.

"The Wizard who Saved the World: by award winning author Jeffrey Bennett teaches children about the magic that can happen when we work together to curb global warming, develop renewable energy, and pursue education.

Have you ever wondered what you can do to help save the world?  In the delightful new story from Big Kid Science, The Wizard Who Saved the World by award-winning author Jeffrey Bennett, a young boy named Diego takes a journey from his daydreams about glory and wizardry to real-life inspiration about what he can do to help build a better future.  Beautifully illustrated by Roberta Collier-Morales, children can't help but be inspired to form their own dreams about how they can contribute to our collective future, and to make those dreams come true." (from Lissy Peace & Associates, Ltd, publicity)

My Review:  
When you ponder things in life that you could change if only you had the "magic" to do so, what would those things be?  For young Diego, he would save the world!  In brilliant colour, The Wizard Who Saved the World illustrates the physical ailments of our planet including climate change and global warming complete with easy to understand descriptives of the problems and possible solutions that have been scientifically verified.  All of this is found in a text box on each page which, I found, does not detract from the visual appeal of the story.

Empowerment to the reader is a powerful "gift" that author Jeffrey Bennett shares, allowing the elementary to middle grade (junior high) student to envision the positive influence they can offer through means as simple as turning off unused lights and recycling to as big as studying for university to make a career of affecting positive change.

The Wizard Who Saved the World is a powerful teaching tool, great to read on a singular basis, but potentially effective in classrooms as a means of inspiring the leaders of the future!  Every library, personal or school/public, should have at least one copy!

Meet the author:
Jeffrey Bennett holds a Ph.D. in astrophysics and is well known for his college level textbooks in the sciences, mathematics and statistics.  He also authored award-winning Beyond UFOs and the Max Science Adventure series for children.  Max to the Moon was read aboard the final flight of the Space Shuttle Discovery by astronaut Alvin Drew and is being developed into a planetarium show that will be distributed across the states.  Jeffrey Bennett is frequently asked to speak at schools, universities and science museums worldwide.  Bennett's website is www.JeffreyBennett.com.  Big Kid Science is also available on the web at www.BigKidScience.com.

Rated 5/5

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