Monday, July 27, 2020

SOLAR STORY by Allan Drummond.  New York: Farrar Straus Giroux Books, 2020.  32p.  ISBN 978-037430899-5 hc. $18.99     Gr. 2-5     J 621.31

In a small village in Morocco, found in Northwestern Africa, school children are learning about solar power.  In a region of almost constant sunshine, residents of the small village live as they always have with little or no electricity.  However, changes are coming to the region.  A new solar tower surrounded by thousands of solar panels is being built next to the village to provide sustainable solar energy.  Watercolor illustrations allow readers to join the school children on a field trip to the Noor Solar Power Plant where they learn about solar operations, along with the new jobs filled by local employees and the training opportunities provided to the local community.  Informational Notes, usually found at the back of the book, are conveniently incorporated into side panels of the illustrations.  The overall focus is on sustainability and future promise of modernization to the small village and its children.  The author adds this story to his collection of green projects, including ENERGY ISLAND (2011), GREEN CITY (2016), and PEDAL POWER (2018).
Lynette Suckow, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

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