Davenport Central High School
Dear Carl Hiaasen,
My love for the environment and desire to aid and protect it began at a young age. For as long as I can remember, I have been scolding my brother for not putting his water bottles in the recycling bin or explaining to my mom as we look upon a bald eagle nest the importance of saving endangered animals. I cannot remember a time when I didn't want to help our planet in every way possible.
My compassion towards our environment began after reading your book, Hoot. Even as young as eight years old, your book made me realize how the Earth cannot do everything by itself; someone, such as the book's main character, Roy Eberhardt, or myself, needs to go out and help protect our environment and its inhabitants while we still have the chance. Hoot taught me about the need to show others the importance of our planet and about our individual responsibility to the Earth. Hoot showed me what it would be like if something happened to jeopardize our environment.
Hoot quickly became a classic for me. The book not only sparked my interest in animals and the environment, but was also an entertaining and intriguing book to read. Once I finished the book, I remember the first thing I did was begin reading it all over again. After several re-readings, my mom then suggested I talk to the school librarian to see if she would be able to recommend any other books as captivating as this one. When I went to the school library to speak with the librarian, she started showing me book after book, one being another of yours, Flush. I was opened up to a whole new genre of chapter books that were both exciting and adventurous. Until that point I had only somewhat enjoyed reading in my free time, but now there was nothing that could tempt me to put all these books down. I remember being so excited to have free time during class or at home because free time meant I could read another chapter of my current enthralling book. "Reading for fun" became more true than ever.
However, every once in a while though, I would go back and re-read my classic, Hoot, because it had that certain draw for me. I appreciated reading about kids and young adults being able to achieve their goals to help innocent animals and protect the environment. I felt like Roy, Mullet Fingers, and Beatrice were showing me that I could do anything I set my mind to with a little hard work and determination. I could even save the planet if I honestly tried.
Years later, I am still doing whatever I can to protect our Planet Earth. I make sure my family is recycling every piece of paper, plastic, or metal that can be recycled; I drive my car only when necessary and car pool with friends whenever I can; and I stand up for all animal rights. I believe in protecting our planet because of your book, Mr. Hiaasen. One day, I even hope to become an environmental accountant; a way to put together my talent at math with my love for the environment. Life is about protecting our world and doing the right thing, even when it is difficult. Standing up for what you believe and spreading the word about our precious Earth are themes that resonate in your novel. Hoot inspired me at a young age to do just that.