Severn Speaks Out
Published by: Groundwood Books Ltd
Imprint: Groundwood Books
Sales Date: 2022-09-06
Published: September 2022
56 Pages, 4.90 x 8.37 x 0.50 in, Color illustrations for half of the book
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Before Greta Thunberg there was Severn Cullis-Suzuki, whose 1992 Earth Summit speech made her known as “the girl who silenced the world for five minutes.”
Severn Cullis-Suzuki was only twelve years old when she addressed the whole world and asked: What are you doing to the Earth, our home? How far can human greed go? Young Severn looked at the world leaders in attendance and said, “I’m only a child, and I don’t have all the solutions, but I want you to realize, neither do you!” She entreated those world leaders to make their actions reflect their words and to protect the Earth for generations to come.
Severn’s speech is even more urgent today than it was thirty years ago. Beautiful illustrations accompany her words in this first book in the Speak Out series, followed by an analysis written by Alex Nogués that gives readers more detail about Severn’s life and the context of her speech, while highlighting the most powerful and persuasive points of her address.
The Speak Out series publishes the most inspiring speeches of our times, then deconstructs them to give young readers a deeper understanding of global issues and the power of language to influence them.
Key Text Features
Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:
Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence support which point(s).
Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).
Analyze how a particular sentence, paragraph, chapter, or section fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the ideas.
Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text and explain how it is conveyed in the text.
The first section of the work can be used in speech classes, and both portions offer eye-opening lessons in social justice and environmentalism. A worthwhile purchase for classrooms and libraries.Booklist
a small but also powerful book for environmentalists of all ages. … Severn’s words can encourage others to take action and urge governments and corporations to change their ways.The International Educator Blog
An important talk that deserves to be more widely known and makes a great addition to the social justice shelf.Canadian Review of Materials
This is an important call to action for children and adults. … It is a great addition to any collection on ecology, conservation and environmental change.Canadian Children's Book News