City streets are for people

by Curtis, Andrea,

Format: Print Book 2022
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Congested city streets are noisy and thick with cars and trucks, while pedestrians and cyclists are squeezed to the dangerous edges--but does it have to be this way?

Imagine a city where we aren't stuck in cars, where clean air makes it easier to breathe, and where transit is easy to access--and on time. Imagine a city where streets are for people!

This fun, accessible and ultimately hopeful book explores sustainable transportation around the globe, including electric vehicles, public transit, bicycles, walking and more. It invites us to conjure up a city of the future, where these modes are all used together to create a place that is sustainable, healthy, accessible and safe.

Includes a list of ideas for children to promote green transportation in their communities, along with a glossary and sources for further reading.

The ThinkCities series is inspired by the urgency for new approaches to city life as a result of climate change, population growth and increased density. It highlights the challenges and risks cities face, but also offers hope for building resilience, sustainability and quality of life as young people advocate for themselves and their communities.

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Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.

Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.

Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text and explain how it is conveyed in the text.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Following her informational picture books on urban forests and water, Curtis' third ThinkCities title focuses on sustainable transportation in urban settings. She opens with modern city transportation problems, such as congested roads, air pollution, and traffic accidents, and offers a simple mantra and solution: "City streets are for people!" In order to understand today's urban needs, the author uses short paragraphs to give a brief history of public transportation in cities around the world, from Jerusalem's narrow, twisty streets for walkers only to North America's highway sprawl. The bulk of the volume, however, focuses on global mass transit solutions and opening up spaces and making them safer for pedestrians (including wheelchair users) and bikers. Creative solutions, like cable cars in La Paz, Bolivia, and Dutch trains that run on 100 percent wind power, emphasize the benefits of renewable energy sources. Cheery and busy childlike illustrations not only reflect the expected diversity of cities but also postpandemic life with mask-wearing individuals throughout. Suggestions for readers to promote sustainable transportation conclude this thoughtful book for young environmentalists."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Series ThinkCities.
Subjects Urban transportation -- Environmental aspects -- Juvenile literature.
Sustainable transportation -- Juvenile literature.
Urban transportation -- Environmental aspects.
Sustainable transportation.
Publisher Toronto ; Berkeley :Groundwood Books, House of Anansi Press,2022
Contributors FitzGerald, Emma, 1982- illustrator.
Language English
Description 40 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (page 40).
ISBN 9781773064659
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