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Children's Nonfiction Environmental Science & Ecosystems

Our Environment

Everything You Need to Know

by (author) Jacques Pasquet

illustrated by Yves Dumont

translated by Shelley Tanaka

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Mar 2020
Environmental Science & Ecosystems, Environmental Conservation & Protection, Water (Oceans, Lakes, etc.), Chemistry
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2020
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 6


The environment is an essential but sometimes tough and weighty concept to grasp. This engaging nonfiction book takes readers back to the basics, offering an accessible overview of what makes up our environment, how those parts work, and why they matter. Divided into five sections—water, air, soil, energy, and climate—the book uses facts, figures, and simple language to give an overarching survey of our environment.

Questions run throughout the text, creating a spirit of inquiry. Where does the water we use every day come from? What is the atmosphere? How does pollution affect soil? What is renewable energy? What influences climate? And how do we protect our planet for the future?

With an appealing design and simple drawings and diagrams to support comprehension, this book takes a positive spin on the environment, reinforcing the importance of taking care of each element. Informational text features include a table of contents, sidebars, diagrams, and glossary.

About the authors

Jacques Pasquet's profile page

Yves Dumont was born in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France. He spent his childhood there daydreaming and especially drawing, never imagining that he could make a career out of it. Yves graduated from the School of Graphic Research in Brussels in 1999. He moved to Montreal, Quebec, in 2008 pursue his art. A full-time illustrator, Yves has now illustrated more than forty books for children.

Yves Dumont's profile page

SHELLEY TANAKA is an award-winning author, translator and editor. She has written more than twenty books for children and young adults, winning the Orbis Pictus Award, the Mr. Christie’s Book Award, the Science in Society Book Award and the Information Book Award, and she has twice been nominated for the Deutsche Jugendliteraturpreis. Other honors include Texas Blue Bonnet runner-up, School Library Journal Best Books, ALA Notables and IRA Young Adults’ Choice. Her translation of Michel Noel’s Good for Nothing won the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People and was on the IBBY Honor List (Commended). Shelley teaches at Vermont College of Fine Arts, in the MFA Program in Writing for Children and Young Adults. She lives in Kingston, Ontario.


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Editorial Reviews

"This is a very helpful, and well-designed resource for middle grade students who want to know and understand how our environment works."

Sal's Fiction Addiction

"This informative book, translated from the original French edition, succinctly explains different facets of the world's environment."


"In this useful resource, Pasquet concisely yet comprehensively explains the significance of five 'essential' environmental elements—water, air, soil, energy, and climate—each of which receive a chapter detailing their importance to humans."

Publishers Weekly

"We need to know about our environment—water, air, soil, energy, and climate—in order to understand how and why it is changing."

Kirkus Reviews

"A worthwhile addition to library environmental science collections. This work is very comprehensive and accessible for the targeted age group."

School Library Journal

"The accessible design invites browsing and also makes this nonfiction book a useful classroom resource."

Canadian Review of Materials

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