As a museum educator, I once worked for a museum whose mission is "to inspire children to care about and improve the world." Although I am not a classroom teacher, I love to see that students are reading books that inspire them to make a difference. If students are as instantly connected to and inspired by Blake Nelson's books as I am, they will also love "They Came from Below," another excellent book by Nelson with a heart string-tugging environmental theme. These characters become connected with their environment on a deep and intimate level, and after I finished reading, I couldn't hear a bird sing or a water faucet drip without being haunted by the awesome connection of all living things on this earth. Additionally I felt a new understanding about my own responsiblity toward maintaining a healthy planet, and it got me thinking about the little ways I can do my part. If they haven't already, your students should check this one out, too!
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