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Sherry Bosse is the editorial assistant at Grist.

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Sometimes it can be difficult to see the forest for the smog, but the natural beauty revealed when the haze clears can be a good deal more powerful and inspirational than mere words (such as those in this sentence). So it goes with photographs and illustrations, which often make for the best storytelling. Books with pictures can help foster the environmentalist in the child, and inspire childlike wonder in the environmentalist.

Turn That Kid into an Earth First!er

Fighting for the Forestby Gloria Rand, illustrated by Ted RandHenry Holt and Company, 1999, 32 pages

Fighting for the Forest, written by Gloria Rand and illustrated by Ted Rand, tells the story of a young boy who starts a campaign to save a beloved forest from being clear-cut. His efforts, however, come too late to save that particular forest (the realities of contracts and politics are simplified, but not omitted). Instead of giving up hope when his campaign fails, the boy is inspired to become a more vigilant activist. Colorfully illustrated with forest scenes from the Pacific Northwest, Fighting for the Forest shows the development of a young activist in a well-told an... Read more

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  • Sherry Bosse reviews Consuming Desires by Roger Rosenblatt

    In Walden, Henry David Thoreau wrote that "to maintain one's self on this earth is not a hardship but a pastime, if we will live simply and wisely." He warned his readers against an increasingly prevalent consumer culture in the United States -- in 1854. Nearly 150 years later, Americans are, on average, working more hours and accruing more debt than ever before in order to achieve some bloated variation of the American dream. Some things never change.