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Our House Is On Fire: Greta Thunberg’s Call to Save the Planet by Jeanette Winter

This picture book is a perfect introduction to Greta Thunberg, the sixteen-year-old, Swedish climate activist who is making her voice heard on the global stage.  My fifth grade students connected immediately to Greta. They were inspired by her. In fact, ever since reading about her, they have been creating slideshows detailing ways that they and others can help to save our planet.  They are amazed that a kid just like them is making such a big difference in the world. 

The fifth graders at my school strive to be effective leaders and to leave a lasting legacy.  After reading Our House Is On Fire, we made a list of the ways that Greta Thunberg is showing leadership.

  • She stands up for what she believes.
  • She isn’t afraid to save the world.
  • She is showing care for the world.
  • She is doing it herself, even though she is a kid.
  • She turned a disability into a superpower.  (Greta has an Asperger’s syndrome diagnosis.)
  • She found her voice.
  • She is striking and protesting for what she believes.
  • She perseveres!!
  • She gives speeches to large, important groups.
  • She isn’t afraid to be great.
  • She is passionate about climate change.

Additional thoughts about Greta from my students:

“Greta didn’t just talk about saving the planet.  She took action instead of just talking.”

“She is an influential person because she changed the world starting out with a sign.”

“She is patient about stopping climate change.”

“Greta is a powerful, shy girl who does not give up.”

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