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Saturday 28 December 2013

Review: Gaia Warriors

Zoologist Nicola Davies is certainly a modern day warrior when it comes to enlightening kids on the Real Deal--on animals, on life, on the environment. This dedicated educator pens glorious books stacked with guts and courage. Gaia Warriors is no exception.

In cahoots with the renowned scientist and inventor of Gaia Theory, James Lovelock, this is a book of extreme passion that will both fascinate and fire up children as young as 10.

Broken into three sections, the book first takes kids on an exploration of the concept of Climate Change and its effects on the future of our planet.

What's causing climate change? What if the scientists have got it wrong? It's so big and scary--is there really anything we can do about it? Author Davies peppers her reportings with a series of kid-friendly interviews with influential specialists, from cloud-watchers (ie: atmospheric, oceanic and planetary physicians, thankyouverymuch) to reindeer herders.

Section Two is essentially the Gaia Warrior handbook, with guest 'essays' from more dedicated specialists and nature-lovers, that make for a well-rounded and compelling view of what it takes to live as one with our planet, and 'hear' her plight.

Beautifully laid-out and designed, the book features nature-driven colours, famous (and inspiring) quotes, photographs, stats, pull quote boxes and attractively-presented snippets that will have the synapses firing.

Ideal for both schools and home, this is not only a beautifully-produced, entertaining book--it's an important one.

Title: Gaia Warriors
Author: Nicola Davies
Collaborator: James Lovelock
Publisher: Walker Books, $27.95 RRP
Publication Date: 2 November 2009
Format: Firm cover
ISBN: 9781406312348
For ages: 10+
Type: Non-Fiction, Information