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2030: A Day in the Life of Tomorrow's Kids
Contributor(s): Zuckerman, Amy, Daly, James, Manders, John (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0525478604     ISBN-13: 9780525478607
Publisher: Dutton Childrens Books
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Binding Type: School And Library - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: March 2009

Annotation: Global events and new technology change how we live from moment to moment. So, what will our world be like in twenty years? Come take a look as futurists Amy Zuckerman and James Daly examine what a kidas daily life might be like in the year 2030. Inspired and informed by trends and scientifi c and technological research, "2030" is not only a peek at some cool future gadgets (talking dog collars, cars that drive themselves), but also a thoughtful examination of how our lives might be impacted as we adjust to environmental change.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Technological forecasting; Juvenile literature.
Technological innovations; Forecasting; Juvenile literature.
Twenty-first century; Forecasts; Juvenile literature.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Technology | How Things Work-are Made
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | Environmental Science & Ecosystems
Dewey: 601/.12
LCCN: 2008014606
Lexile Measure: 990
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 2-3, Age 7-8
Book type: Easy Non Fiction
Physical Information: 11.25" H x 9.00" W x 0.50" (0.90 lbs) 32 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 135147
Reading Level: 5.6   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q46623
Reading Level: 7.4   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 2.0
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Contributor Bio(s): IV>Amy Zuckerman is an award-winning business writer who specializes in technology and trends. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

James Daly is the publisher of Edutopia magazine and founder of Business 2.0. He lives in Alameda, California.

John Manders has illustrated many books for children, including Prancing, Dancing Lily, by Marsha Diane Arnold. He lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2009 March)

Gr 3–5—A talking dog, a housecleaning robot, and a three-dimensional "data orb" are among the many cool features that kids might enjoy in the future, according to this lighthearted look at 2030. The breezy narrative follows one boy through a typical day, highlighting many interesting aspects of his world. Fanciful cartoon drawings show a lively and appealing world full of new and intriguing activities that correspond neatly to modern equivalents. Schools are now made from plasticized blocks that snap together, for example, while recess features virtual batting practice and a "smart trampoline." Recreational activities include magnetized hovering skateboards and a virtual-reality "Fanta-trek Center." Some social changes are briefly noted, such as new career paths and the increase of marriages between different ethnicities. Interaction with the natural world is not mentioned, although many of the new technologies have eco-friendly components and the food is all meatless and delicious. Illustrated sidebars provide a bit of additional information or background, but the emphasis here is more on what new technologies will do, rather than how they will work. The one exception to the fun comes in an inset paragraph about overpopulation and starvation in Africa, a jarring bit of realism in this otherwise worry-free existence. The day ends with a neat twist as the boy reaches for his favorite type of entertainment, which the final page turn reveals as "reading a book."—Steven Engelfried, Multnomah County Library, OR

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