This is the Earth

by Shore, Diane ZuHone,

Format: Print Book 2016
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
Location Collection Call #
Northland Public Library Children's Picture Books J PIC SHORE
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Children's Picture Books
Call Number  J PIC SHORE
Sewickley Public Library Juvenile Nonfiction J 333.72 SHO 2016
Location  Sewickley Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Nonfiction
Call Number  J 333.72 SHO 2016

Young readers learn how they can create a greener, healthier world in this powerful nonfiction picture book from authors Diane Z. Shore and Jessica Alexander, with art by award-winning illustrator Wendell Minor.

This Is the Earth explores hundreds of years of changing landscapes and the positive and negative impacts humans have had on the environment. Even the smallest actions can help save the world, and this lyrical, rhyming read-aloud text shows how smart and simple everyday habits can protect the planet.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Shore, Alexander, and Minor have created an ode to the earth in its glory and its shame. The illustrations take us from the magical view of the earth from the moon (on the end pages) and double-page spreads of the natural world to scenes of landfills, water waste, and factory pollution. There is a powerful contrast between the early paintings, full of animals that populate oceans, savannas, rivers, and skies, and the dark, fiery, gritty world of man's greed and wastefulness. All is not lost; the book ends hopefully, depicting bright images of children taking charge through positive action. The text is one long, extended poem, easily imagined as an Earth Day recitation with opportunities for many voices, and the rhyme pattern varies, with couplets appearing more regularly as the book comes to a close. Pair with Archbishop Desmond Tutu's Let There Be Light (2014) for another positive view of the natural world and the role of children in it.--Ching, Edie Copyright 2016 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Minor's elegant watercolor paintings offset the finger-wagging environmental message of this collaboration between Shore and Alexander, which reprises the "House-That-Jack-Built" rhythms of This Is the Dream and This Is the Game. Unspoiled natural vistas-animals idling on the savannah, fish leaping from a pristine river, birds soaring in a clear sky-lead into images of indigenous peoples and American pioneers harvesting food and tending to livestock, in harmony with the land. The tone darkens substantially as industrialization brings advances in transportation, factories, and other development that pollutes the air, land, and water. Minor (Galápagos George) provides images of overflowing landfills, orange wastewater pouring into the sea, and loggers ravaging a rainforest: "This is the Earth, polluted by greed,/ as we take what we want, which is more than we need." The mood lightens in the final pages as the focus turns to solutions, and Minor shows contemporary children and adults recycling, biking, and tending to gardens and trees. Minor's precise renderings of wildlife and flora are characteristically lovely, but the juxtaposition of major environmental problems and simplistic, child-friendly solutions is jarring. Ages 4-8. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Nature -- Effect of human beings on -- Juvenile literature.
Nature -- Effect of human beings on.
Earth (Planet) -- Juvenile literature.
Earth (Planet)
Publisher New York, NY :2016
Edition First edition.
Contributors Alexander, Jessica, author.
Minor, Wendell, illustrator.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
ISBN 9780060555269
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