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Children's Nonfiction Environmental Conservation & Protection

On Our Nature Walk Read-Along

Our First Talk About Our Impact on the Environment

by (author) Jillian Roberts

illustrated by Jane Heinrichs

read by Kirstie Hudson

foreword by Bob McDonald

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Mar 2020
Environmental Conservation & Protection, Recycling & Green Living, General
Recommended Age
6 to 8
Recommended Grade
1 to 3
Recommended Reading age
6 to 8
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Mar 2020
    List Price

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A gentle introduction to the important topic of the environment.

Crafted around a conversation between a grade-school-aged child and an adult, this inquiry-focused book using age-appropriate language and tone will help children shape their understanding of the natural world and how they participate in protecting it. Dr. Roberts starts the discussion with the types of pollution and trash that children might notice on a nature walk or a trip to the beach, how they are caused and how to work to improve things in their own lives and communities.

The World Around Us series introduces children to complex cultural, social and environmental issues they may encounter outside their homes, in an accessible way. Sidebars offer further reading for older children or care providers who have bigger questions. For younger children just starting to make these observations, the simple question-and-answer format of the main text will provide a foundation of knowledge on the subject matter.

About the authors

Jillian Roberts' profile page

Jane Heinrichs' profile page

Kirstie Hudson is an editor and writer in Victoria, British Columbia. She was a reporter and producer with the CBC in Toronto, Vancouver, Prince Rupert and Victoria. In her award-winning career as a journalist, Kirstie's work was recognized with a Jack Webster Award, Radio Television Digital News Association Awards and a Gabriel Award. As an instructor at the University of Victoria and Royal Roads University, Kirstie shared her love of storytelling with students in writing, communications and journalism. She co-authored Picking Up the Pieces: Residential School Memories and the Making of The Witness Blanket with Carey Newman. In 2020, the book was a finalist for the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize and the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Nonfiction.


Kirstie Hudson's profile page

Bob McDonald has been the host of CBC Radio’s Quirks & Quarks since 1992. He is a regular science commentator on CBC News Network and science correspondent for CBC TV’The National. He has been honoured with the 2001 Michael Smith Award for Science Promotion from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada; the 2002 Sandford Fleming Medal from The Royal Canadian Institute; and the 2005 McNeil Medal for the Public Awareness of Science from the Royal Society of Canada. In November 2011, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2014, an asteroid designated 2006XN67 was officially named BOBMCDONALD in his honour. Bob lives in Victoria, British Columbia. Visit him on Twitter @CBCQuirks.

Bob McDonald's profile page

Editorial Reviews

“The text is informative and manages to treat weighty issues seriously without being too scary.”


“To young people who are trying to help the world, she covers a lot of ground and does it well.”

Kiss the Book blog

“The Q-and-A format works to bring in different topics...Accessible and informative.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Provides readers with a broad perspective of our natural world and how we relate to it daily…Added illustrations are drawn in a realistic style that engages the reader.”

School Library Connection

“A useful resource to spark conversations...Encourages collaboration and innovation. Highly Recommended.”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“Accessible and inspiring, this is a worthwhile introduction to an essential topic.”

School Library Journal

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