EL本棚紹介(63) No One is Too Small to make a Difference, by Greta Thunberg

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Greta Thunberg is a climate activist—she tries to get people to fight climate change. She began by protesting when she was just a teenager. She protested by refusing to go to school and protesting directly to her country’s government. Many other children joined her, and she became internationally-famous for her fight.

This book is a collection of speeches Greta has given to politicians, business leaders, and other high-profile groups. It is a little book, and each speech is very short. She writes in very short, simple sentences, so it is easy to read. She also uses simple metaphors to emphasize her point. For that reason, this book may be good for lower-level English readers. On the other hand, advanced learners can learn about the rhetorical style of activism from it.

My two cents: Because each speech repeats the same topic, I recommend reading just one or two instead of the whole book.