Earth Day, April 22, 2016!
This is the Earth
Diane Z. Shore and Jessica Alexander, Authors
Wendell Minor, Illustrator
Harper Collins, Nonfiction, Feb. 23, 2016
Suitable for Ages: 4-8
Themes: Caring for the planet, Living in harmony with the environment, Pollution, Conservation, Respect, Healing
Opening: “This is the land, / fertile, alive, / crawling with creatures / that help it to thrive.”
Book Jacket Synopsis: This Is the Earth takes readers on a journey through hundreds of years as it explores how humans have affected the environment and shows the ways in which we can all care for the planet. Every action we take has an impact on our surroundings — and everyone can help save the world.
This is the Earth
that we treat with respect,
where people and animals
where we learn to find balance
between give and take
and help heal the planet
with choices we make.
Why I like this book:
Diane Shore and Jessica Alexander have written a very sensitive and uplifting story for children about the condition of the land, air and water of our planet. The text is beautifully written in rhyming verse and makes it easy for young children to digest. Their goal is to help children realize the importance of living in harmony with our planet in a positive way.
This is a good introductory book for children. Each double-page spread gently focuses on how our planet has changed from its beginning pristine state. It shows how the arrival of the busy industrial age and the modernization of the planet have affected the earth. The book helps children understand and respect the interconnection between humans and all life.
This Is the Earth is about choices. It shows how every little action we take impacts the ecosystems and environment. Everyone can help heal the planet. The story encourages children to take action and live a greener life by riding bicycles, using less water in the shower, turning off lights in unused rooms, recycling trash, planting trees and gardens, and treating wildlife with respect. This is a hopeful book about taking care of our precious home.
Wendell Minor’s illustrations are breathtaking and support the books very positive message. His rich and colorful watercolors convey a power that will captivate and appeal to children.
Resources: This is a great classroom book. Involve students in cleaning up the school yard, planting trees on the property, and separating recyclable items. For more ideas about how you can make a difference, visit the Earth Day website.
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