Praise for the Orca Footprints Series

School Library Journal, July 2013
"These books feature accessible texts, appealing layouts, and global perspectives…Engagingly written titles…filled with fun facts and well-captioned photos that provide alluring glimpses into different cultures and locales...Inviting choices for informing and inspiring curious readers and world citizens."


A Fair Deal: Shopping for Social Justice

Kirkus Reviews, June 27, 2017
"Jones catches the beauty of fair trade in the way it strengthens morale and human dignity for all those engaged, and she provides a grounded (and painless) introduction to world geography."

CM Magazine, June 22, 2017
"A Fair Deal is another worthwhile addition to the Orca Footprints series focused on ecological literacy, and it will help youngsters become better and more thoughtful consumers. Highly Recommended."

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Let's Eat: Sustainable Food for a Hungry Planet

Kirkus Reviews, December 14, 2016
"[Veness] has nurtured a clear, expositional style of writing...lively enough to keep readers' attention...Bright photos and a lively layout enhance the package. This account of the secret lives of groceries comes with a special grace note: 'Did you know that digging your hands into a garden bed has been scientifically proven to increase happiness?' Readers will want to go out and get some dirt under their fingernails."

CM Magazine, January 27, 2017
"Inviting, with generous use of quality photos and text presented in small chunks. Additional interesting information in sidebars and photo captions will catch a reader's eye."

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Pocket Change: Pitching In for a Better World

Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2016
"Ambitious in scope and mission...valuable in its illustration of alternative models of commerce."

Booklist, September 6, 2016
"An important and accessible book for growing communities."

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Deep Roots: How Trees Sustain Our Planet

Resource Links, February 1, 2016
"Highly readable, thought provoking and informative source about trees and their importance...An excellent research tool...Highly recommended."

School Library Journal, March 1, 2016
"Another well-done offering from this ongoing series...Beautiful color photographs from all over the world, make [the book] an excellent addition to libraries seeking to enlarge their selection of multicultural offerings."

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What's the Buzz?: Keeping Bees in Flight

School Library Journal, July 1, 2015
"[A] thorough and fascinating look at these insects...Wilcox, who describes her own foray into beekeeping in the introduction, raises and answers...questions in easy prose. Great photos of kids, bees, and hives enhance the text...A useful option for science teachers and students curious about bees and ecology."

Booklist, August 1, 2015
"Written by an experienced apiculturist, this book is an introduction to the basics of bee physiology and behavior, dispelling many common myths of this ubiquitous insect. Wilcox celebrates the incredible diversity of bee species and the products that they provide...This eye-opening book is a call to action, encouraging kids to plant flower gardens, support local farms, and raise awareness of the mysterious plight of disappearing bees. Full-color close-up photos and helpful diagrams add plenty of visual appeal."

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Trash Talk: Moving Toward a Zero-Waste World

Kirkus Reviews, February 15, 2015
"Mulder tells the garbage story in clean and engrossing prose, complemented by stock artwork and photographs...Mulder provides all sorts of alternatives to incineration, landfills and ocean dumping...Enclosed in these pages is plenty of food for thought and examples for direct action."

CM Magazine, February 13, 2015
"The text is written in a conversational style which will appeal to readers. 'Trash Facts' provide additional trivia while colour photographs, perfectly suited to the text, add to the reader’s understanding of the concepts presented...An interesting, thought-provoking book that might inspire some readers to spark some environmental initiatives of their own. Highly Recommended."

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Take Shelter: At Home Around the World

CM Magazine, October 10, 2014
"Take Shelter is a perfect resource for any student learning about homes around the world. The text is both interesting and well-researched. The writing style is straightforward and filled with appealing tidbits. All the photos include descriptive captions. Similar to the other books in the "Orca Footprints" collection, this book is formatted with an index, contents and a resource section that includes several websites for further research. Every school library will want this informative book. Highly Recommended."

School Library Journal, October 1, 2014
"What makes a house a home? Using accessible text and inviting photography, mother-daughter team Tate and Tate-Sutton take readers on a tour of homes, celebrating the diversity of structures that different groups of people, in the past and the present, have constructed around the world...The textbook–style layout suggests an audience of social studies classrooms, but the subject matter makes the book appealing for pleasure reading as well…[A]n appealing and accessible addition to a global studies curriculum."

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Every Last Drop: Bringing Clean Water Home

School Library Journal, April 1, 2014
[Starred review] "Ideal for reports, the book is packed with great information on everything from the way civilizations have collected and used water throughout history, sobering assessments of the present and future availability of clean water, and intriguing solutions already employed, such as fog catchers, or that are still in their experimental stages. Worthwhile factoids, sidebars, and interesting photographs accompanied by instructive captions add to the abundance of meaningful material. Mulder is honest about the emergency unfolding around this precious resource, and though the situation is fairly dire, she empowers her readers by offering feasible suggestions that individuals can use to improve things. And like raindrops falling into a collection barrel, each and every single conscientious action adds up. An excellent resource on the topic."

CM Magazine, December 20, 2013
"This engaging book takes on the important task of explaining clean drinking water to middle school students...A welcome addition to any classroom or library collection. It will support any research on water usage and will be popular with students interested in getting involved with environmental issues. Highly Recommended."

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Brilliant!: Shining a Light on Sustainable Energy

CM Magazine, September 6, 2013
"Teeming with creative innovations from around the globe...The illustrations and colour photos enhance the text, and the 'Energy Facts' and 'Power Lines' sections fill the spaces and create more energy themselves!...An informative, entertaining and electrifying addition to the Orca Footprints series. This energetic book is a must-have for any school library. Highly Recommended."

Kirkus Reviews, August 2013
"An upbeat exploration of the often-curious world of alternative energy...The book is peppered with exotic photographs, as well as quick-shooting boxed items, to catch the attention of busy eyes. A smart, welcoming introduction to alternative fuels, one that puts the greater world in readers' hands."

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Down to Earth: How Kids Help Feed the World

CM Magazine, April 26, 2013
"[P]acked with information about the many types of food grown and how domestic animals are raised around the world…[and] lavishly illustrated with good quality photos showing farm activities worldwide... The most interesting parts that spotlight children...are the inserts about the author’s farm, Dark Creek Farm. In most of these, readers learn more personally engaging and specific information about aspects of food production which would favor roles for kids and which young readers could identify with.

The greatest value in this book may be to change the perception of young readers still under the illusion that food comes from the nearest grocery store."

Resource Links, June 1, 2013
"Well-researched, simply-expressed with supportive photographs...An excellent resource for students learning about the benefits of farming."

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Pedal It!: How Bicycles are Changing the World

CM Magazine, April 5, 2013
"Mulder is a bike enthusiast who has written a hugely entertaining and informative nonfiction book about bicycles...Hang onto your handlebars! Pedal It! is a must-read for kids and adults alike."

Kirkus Reviews, March 27, 2013
"A bike's design is to get you from A to B, concedes Mulder, but it can also mix a smoothie, spin a centrifuge, grind grain and even change the world.

Mulder’s evolutionary survey of the bicycle is, like the subject in question, a piece of many parts: a cultural history, a course in mechanics, a soupçon of physics, a spotlight on economic class and a springboard for innovation. In a bouncy, friendly tone, she proceeds roughly chronologically, but has no hesitation to follow a thread or a whim, often in colorful boxed asides. The main narrative—an easygoing, fundamental examination of the bike’s impact on America’s history and the world today (without running too deep)—is shot through with archival and modern photographs. Some are just priceless, like the father and son riding penny-farthing bikes fit to their size. They range from stiletto-sharp photos of bread couriers balancing huge trays of loaves on their heads to a salesman whose bike is festooned with plastic bags full of water and goldfish. Mulder twines the mechanics of bicycles with cultural phenomenon, the environmental benefits of cycling and even the change in women’s fashions. It publishes simultaneously with Nikki Tate’s Down to Earth: How Kids Help Feed the World as part of the Orca Footprints series.

A smart, tangy history of our two-wheeled friend."

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