While the format of the story might be a little awkward for some (there is the story, along with thought and comment bubbles from the characters, plus sidebars) Solar Story: How One Community Lives Alongside the World’s Biggest Solar Plant is a must have for every classroom. Allan Drummond’s teaching of environmentalism, sustainability, solar power and even a bit about Morocco is as pleasant of a read as it is informational. And do not stop just because you hit the author note, there is still more to come!
Did you know the worlds largest solar plant is in Morocco? I did not. In fact, I was unaware that there was a largest solar plant. This book teaches on multiple levels. It also made me curious to learn more about the community and of course, the plant itself. The story is told through the eyes of a young girl of the community. The way she lives in comparison to the solar plant and to us, will be interesting to the reader who has only lived in a Western society. I am also curious about other books from this series: Pedal Power, Energy Island and Green City. I think Drummond will be the “go to guy” for non-fiction books from now on. If they are like Solar Story, they will give you all the information without making it dull or clinical.
The artwork is interesting. While realistic, there is a cartoon and lightheartedness to them. Bright, but not overpowering, descriptive without saying anything (the peoples dress, their actions and even how they are like children around the world). Overall, everything fits together nicely only enhancing the book.