For me, the Fourth grade was one of them. I so clearly remember Mrs. Horton's reading corner in our classroom. The selections on her bookshelf shaped my life. Especially this one:
I'd always been taught not to litter, and to enjoy the beauty of nature, but this was my first real introduction to the perils facing the planet. I'm sure that I rivaled the kid in Jerry Maguire on the annoyance scale with all of my new-found facts, but it spurred a passion for the rest of my life.
Originally published in 1989, "50 Simple Things" was one of the first books to "spread the gospel" to the common folk about the green movement, and its urgency. Now a 5 million copy bestseller, with a new, updated, 21st century version, it continues to inspire, and be relevant.
And now, through the wonders of the internets, the original (out of print) 1989 edition is available, in its entirety, for Free!
So, Happy Earth Day. Here's a gift.