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Pocket Change

Pitching In for a Better World

by Michelle Mulder

tagged: business & economics, recycling & green living, environmental conservation & protection
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Description

Until a few hundred years ago, people were embarrassed to buy bread in a store. Families took pride in making almost everything they owned. These days, many people take pride in buying as much as possible! New clothes, a speedier bicycle, the latest phone. If we've got money, someone can sell us a product that will supposedly make our lives better. But each year, humanity uses resources equivalent to nearly one and a half Earths, and we're still not meeting everyone's needs. Around the world, people are questioning consumerism, leaning toward more sustainable lifestyles and creating a whole new concept of wealth. What if you could meet all your needs while getting to know your neighbors and protecting the environment at the same time? Find out how growing a tiny cabbage can fight poverty, how a few dollars can help ten families start their own businesses and how running errands for a neighbor can help you learn to become a bike mechanic—for free!

About the Author
Michelle Mulder is the author of the Theodore Too series, as well as several books for older children, including Maggie and the Chocolate War, Yeny and the Children for Peace, After Peaches, and Out of the Box. She is passionate about books, kids, and social justice, and loves to combine all three in her writing. She now makes her home in Victoria, B.C. www.michellemulder.com
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Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
9 to 12
Grade:
4 to 7
Awards
  • Short-listed, Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award
  • Commended, Green Earth Book Award
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books starred selection
  • Commended, Junior Library Guild Selection
Editorial Reviews

&quotTimely and engaging.&quot

— Canadian Children's Book News

"An important and accessible book for growing communities."

— Booklist

"The language is simple enough for younger readers to understand without oversimplifying the topics. Parents and other adult readers will probably be able to learn something new from this book too! The book also presents readers with activities that they can do and organizations that they can learn more about, allowing kids to help solve some of the problems mentioned in this book. Overall, Pocket Change is a surprisingly radical book which encourages kids to question why we live the way that we do, and empowers them to make a difference!"

— Resource Links

"Ambitious in scope and mission...valuable in its illustration of alternative models of commerce."

— Kirkus Reviews

"Its important message makes it a solid addition for group debates on social and environmental change."

— School Library Journal