Our Earth – Earth Day April 22

Our Earth9781897187845_p0_v1_s260x420Our Earth:  How Kids are Saving the Planet

Janet Wilson, Author and Illustrator

Second Story Press, Biography, 2010

Suitable for Ages: 7 -12

Themes:  Kids Saving the Planet, Conservation, Environmentalists, Youth Activists

OpeningEvery living thing shares one home — our Earth.

Synopsis:  This is a collection of stories featuring 10 children, ages 7 to 17, who are doing amazing things to save the earth.  The youths live in every part of the world. Wilson says that nearly half the earth’s population is young.  Many are compassionate,  creative and share a love of nature.  She features Ryan Hreljac from Canada who is building wells in Africa to bring people clean water…Janine Licare from Costa Rica who is saving the rainforest and its animals…Adeline Tiffanie Suwana from Indonesia whose organization, Sahabat Alam (Friends of Nature)  plants coral in damaged ocean reefs and mangroves trees to prevent damage from hurricanes and natural disasters…Fang Minghe of China and his Green Eyes Group rush to the outdoor markets looking for endangered breeds of animals and secretly films the sellers and reports them to the police…Sam Levin from the USA who has created a student run organic school vegetable garden which supplies the school’s cafeteria with fresh fruits and vegetables and donates food to needy families….and William Kamkwamba of Malawi, who built a windmill to harness the wind and create electricity for his village.  These are only a few of the inspiring stories.

Why I like  this book:  This is an exciting book for Earth Day, April 22!   I have watched children activists grow in numbers worldwide for years.  Janet Wilson has written a very empowering book about young people who have a strong desire to create a healthier world.  Each two-page spread includes a portrait of each child by Wilson, photographs of their work, quotes and information about their projects.  In the opening of Our Earth, Wilson shares a version of a traditional Aboriginal story about the Rainbow Warriors, “children who have a strong love of nature and a desire to find ways to be part of the solution.”  “They are our Rainbow Warriors. ”

Resources:  Wilson devotes a section to “Kids Create!” at the end of the book where children can learn more about conservation and find ways to get involved at home, school and in their community.  You can visit Janet Wilson at her website and view her other books on peace and young activists.  I also learned about an organization, Kids Are Heroes, where kids are making a big difference in our world.  Vivian Kirkwood, at Positive Parental Participation, introduced me to this inspiring group of kids.

About Patricia Tiltonhttps://childrensbooksheal.wordpress.comI want "Children's Books Heal" to be a resource for parents, grandparents, teachers and school counselors. My goal is to share books on a wide range of topics that have a healing impact on children who are facing challenges in their lives. If you are looking for good books on grief, autism, visual and hearing impairments, special needs, diversity, bullying, military families and social justice issues, you've come to the right place. I also share books that encourage art, imagination and creativity. I am always searching for those special gems to share with you. If you have a suggestion, please let me know.

32 thoughts on “Our Earth – Earth Day April 22

    • Barbara, I thought of you as I reviewed this book. Wondered if you’d seen it and used it at school. It is such an important book for kids seeing how they too can make a difference. Don’t know how I missed it before.

  1. That’s fantastic to show people coming from all corners of the globe to make the world a better place, thanks Pat.

    • Genevieve, I agree with you. The exciting thing for me is I continue to see the numbers of children doing remarkable things to help their world. I love to find their stories.

  2. What a fabulous global nonfiction book for youth and about youth. I know some of these stories already! Superb choice for Earth Day, Pat!

  3. This looks like a fantastic and uplifting book! I’m looking forward to reading this book to my son.

    Thank you so much for writing about this book. I can’t wait to read it. I’ve placed it on hold at the library. 🙂

    • Diane, I’m glad you liked the book. I would imagine New Zealand would have many programs to sav the reefs and ocean life. You might find some interesting working being done there by kids.

    • Erik, thought you just might like this book. I think you fall into the category of many of these kids. With your passion for helping, there will be a lot for you to do in the future. Hope I know you 10 years from now.

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  5. Pat, it’s heartwarming to see that children all over the world are engaged and invested in preserving the planet and reaching out to help others. Thanks for a great review of a book that highlights some of these special kids! There is an organization here in the US called ‘KidsAreHeroes”…they spotlight and help children activists around the globe.

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