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Solar Story: How One Community Lives Alongside the World's Biggest Solar Plant

By: Allan Drummond

In his signature accessible picture-book nonfiction style, Allan Drummond tells the story of the Noor solar power plant in Morocco's Sahara desert by relating it to the everyday life of a schoolgirl in a small village next to the plant. As we see on a class field trip, the plant is not only bringing reliable power to the village and far beyond, but is providing jobs, changing lives, and upending the old ways of doing things—starting within the girl's own family. Blending detail-filled watercolors, engaging cartoon-style narration, sidebars, and an afterword, the author showcases another community going green in amazing ways.

ISBN: 9780374308995

JLG Release: Jul 2020


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Solar power plants , Ghassate, Ouarzazate Province, Morocco , Sustainability , Environmental conservation and protection , Classroom learning

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Expanding his series of picture books on environmentally friendly community projects (see Green City, rev. 1/16; and Pedal Power, rev. 1/17), Drummond takes readers to Morocco, the location of the world's largest solar power plant. He introduces them to a classroom (with maps of Africa pinpointing Morocco on the walls), where our narrator Expanding his series of picture books on environmentally friendly community projects (see Green City, rev. 1/16; and Pedal Power, rev. 1/17), Drummond takes readers to Morocco, the location of the world's largest solar power plant. He introduces them to a classroom (with maps of Africa pinpointing Morocco on the walls), where our narrator, Jasmine, describes her life and home. In preparation for a field trip, the teacher asks students to define both solar power and sustainability. They know the first, but their definitions vary from "being strong and independent" to "peace" for the second. THe children contemplate their responses as they visit the Noor Solar Plant; when they return, they brainstormthe effects of this major national project, bringing the prior discussion full circle. Full-page art and double-page spreads convey a sense of Jasmine's school and community, while spot art and occasional vertical and horizontal panels pace the flow of textual information. Three sidebars provide additional information on the geography and culture of Morocco, the design of the Noor Plant, and sustainability. Appended with an author's note, phtographs of the area, and a bibliography.

Book Details

ISBN

9780374308995

First Release

July 2020

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

621.31

Trim Size

10" x 10"

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Solar power plants, Ghassate, Ouarzazate Province, Morocco, Sustainability, Environmental conservation and protection, Classroom learning,

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