|This is the Earth
Author: Shore, Diane ZuHone
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 all care for the planet.
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Kirkus Reviews (-) (11/01/15)
School Library Journal (10/01/15)
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School Library Journal - 10/01/2015 K-Gr 3—This noteworthy picture book—a mix of verse, paintings, history, and environmental science—demonstrates the impact humans have had upon Earth. The book opens by describing land that is "fertile" and "alive" with rivers "streaming with fish." Soon, Earth begins to show the effects of industrialization. Roads and buildings cover the view of land and sky, garbage piles up in landfills, and pipes drain wastewater and muck into seas. Yet with a surprising page turn, readers learn of a brighter possibility—one in which acts of respect and caring for our planet help us live in harmony with nature. Simple actions such as recycling, using less water, and turning off lights when they aren't needed are presented as choices children can make to help improve the situation. The text is written entirely in verse, making the book a solid option for a read-aloud or for children to present as readers' theater. Minor's detailed watercolor spreads strongly support the writing by emphasizing Earth's natural beauty, the effects of industrialization on the environment, and the bright outcomes of treating the natural world with respect. The endpapers, which depict an illustrated version of "Earthrise" (a photograph of Earth taken from space by Apollo 8 astronaut William Anders), reinforce the book's positive message. An authors' note and an illustrator's note highlight the simple steps kids can take to go green. VERDICT A fine selection for reading and sharing, with curriculum connections to science, social studies, and language arts.—Myra Zarnowski, City University of New York - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 01/01/2016 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. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.