101 Ways You Can Help Save the Planet Before You're 12! by Joanne O'Sullivan: Review

Okay, admittedly, I'm way past 12, but that doesn't mean I should stop trying to help the planet, does it? I did read much of 101 Ways You Can Help Save the Planet Before You're 12! by Joanne O'Sullivan with my daughter who is under 12 so maybe that counts.

The tips in 101 Ways are easy to follow with lots of online resources if you or your child wants more information. It's easy to read with most tips only 1 or 2 pages long. Bright colours and photography add interest to the text.

My daughter enjoyed reading it with me. She asked questions and made comments about the book. She seemed quite interested. One of the things she took to was a tip about vermicomposting (using worms to compost kitchen refuse). So much so that she brought me home a bucket of worms from school. For a girlie-girl she doesn't have an qualms about handling bugs. After I screeched and said, "not in the house!" she made a home for them under the deck.

I'm much more inclined to make a rainbarrel. There is a page for that with a url for a website on how to make one. That's one of my spring projects.

This is a fun book for kids (and adults) with a curiosity for environmentalism.


This is my first book for the Eco Reading Challenge!


  1. Sounds like a good book with useful and doable tips.

  2. If you’re in saving the planet, check out MTV’s Cherry Girl. She’s a new character who sets an example for our young generation, showing them small and simple ways to improve their immediate environment. She even made an oven out of a pizza box! See below:


  3. This sounds like a great kids book!

  4. The rainbarrel is more my style than worms too, although composting is fun.

    Sounds like a good book for kids AND adults!

  5. Beth- They seem pretty simple.

    Anon- Thanks! The solar oven is another project in the book.

    Texas- Yes, it is.

    Carrie- Not a big worm fan. I have composted at my old house.

  6. I'm like your daughter...the worm composting appeals to me.
    A lot of these ideas would be new and useful to anyone, never mind the age 12 label.

  7. Great idea getting your daughter involved! I'm about half way through my first challenge book now :)

  8. Haha this is so cute. I run the environmental club at school and will be the first to tell the kids I'm too girly to be in charge of a healthy compost. (Does that make me a bad advisor?)

    The worms? Ewww! Our science teachers were giving meal-worms out at parent night. I, of course, stayed far far away.

  9. Bybee- You guys can do the worms!

    Jodie- She's very into nature.

    Christina- I'd prefer chocolate to worms!

  10. Hi Chris-
    Thanks so much for the review! I now have a blog.
    Stop by http://thewanderlists.com where I'll explore ideas from the Planet book and others...


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