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Hadley Dyer is the celebrated author and editor of many books for children and young adults. She is a former bookseller and library coordinator. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
It's not always easy being green in urban areas, but Dyer suggests simple projects and small behavioral changes that can help city-dwellers make their environments more natural in this colorful guidebook. Dyer points to the importance of eating locally grown and raised foods to minimize the distance between farm and plate; graphics and sidebars include statistics about global ecology, hunger, and international rates of consumption. Profiles of organizations and enterprises that have successfully turned urban wastelands into thriving oases demonstrate the power of collective efforts. Highlighting innovations in landscape architecture, shrewd use of space and materials (for example, growing lettuce in a colander), and a more complete understanding of food's influence on the health of nations, Dyer underscores how each individual is a link in an important chain. Ages 9-12. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Timely, attractively designed, and inspirational. Dig in!--Randall Enos"Booklist" (12/01/2012) In the current climate of sustainability, this title is small but mighty... Not to be missed or dismissed.--Rebecca Gueorguiev, New York Public Library"School Library Journal" (12/01/2012) Dyer challenges her readers to take the environmental concepts they learn through gardening and apply them to similar conservation efforts.--Melissa McCartney"Science Magazine" (12/07/2012) Hopefully, the book will be used to inspire young urban dwellers to start growing their own food in their backyards, on their balconies, at school or in a community garden.--Sandra O'Brien"Canadian Children's Book News" (01/23/2013) Potatoes on Rooftops is just about the best introduction to the new food movement that one could imagine.--Sienna Powers"January Magazine" (12/30/2012) The text is very well organized and information is clearly presented under bold, highlighted titles or outlined in boxes. Each page is enhanced with informative, brightly coloured photos and drawings, and the entertaining map on the final page shows many possibilities for growing, buying and eating local foods.--Carolyn Cutt"Resource Links" (12/01/2012) Very highly recommended for upper level elementary through high school; especially for multicultural curriculum in horticulture and related subjects.--Ellen R. Paterson, State University of New York"Science Books and Film" (05/01/2013) Students are sure to love the colourful, factual and humorous nature of this book.--Amanda Forbes"Canadian Teacher Magazine" (04/01/2014)