Ever wonder how much of a difference you make on the Earth? That's the premise behind National Geographic's latest book, Human Footprint: Everything You Will Eat, Use, Wear, Buy, and Throw Out in Your Lifetime by Ellen Kirk.
Even though you might think you're just one of 308 million in the U.S., what you do adds up and you'll be surprised at the figures. I know I was! How about munching through 12 shopping carts full of candy bars? Or how about drinking 43,371 sodas in your lifetime? That's what you can expect to find out in this brightly-colored paperback jam-packed with facts. And not only does the book lay out the numbers, it even displays them in the illustrations. Take page 20 and the picture of 43,371 sodas. Yes, there are that many soda cans featured. If that doesn't make you think twice when popping the tab of your favorite can of soda, I don't know what will.
Young readers will not only enjoy eating up all the cold, hard facts, but this is one of those books you have to share with a group of friends. Everyone will be amazed at the numbers and it's sure to set off a discussion on what we can do to change our human footprint.
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books (March 8, 2011)
Source of review copy: Publicist
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