|Hello, Earth! : poems to our planet|
Author: Sidman, Joyce
Explores the wonders of the natural world. This playful journey across our puzzle-piece continents does not hesitate to ask questions-even of the Earth itself!
|Illustrator:||Asiain Lora, Miren|
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Kirkus Reviews (+) (01/01/21)
School Library Journal (+) (01/01/21)
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School Library Journal - 01/01/2021 Gr 3–5—This understated book of poetry spotlights planet Earth. The text covers scientific theories, including plate tectonics and continental drift, conservation, and the human impact on the planet's ecosystems. It is worth noting that Sidman did not write the poems first; rather, she worked off of the illustrations to create the stories. This unusual and unique workflow approach could be worth discussing with young readers. The artwork depicts Earth at a distance, and readers will feel as though they are omnipotent observers of the action happening on or beneath Earth's surface. The soft color palette provides a soothing tone to even the fieriest concepts, like volcanic explosions. The clever illustrations present an "I Spy" experience for readers; they will enjoy uncovering what feels like secret moments in many of the spreads—boa constrictors quietly winding through the treetops and a couple stealing a kiss at a restaurant. Sidman's poetry is conversational and spare, but it hits at the heart of the very human connection with Earth. Readers may be left wanting more, but that's also reflective of how people may wish for more answers and solutions to mankind's complicated relationship with the planet. VERDICT A must-have for all schools and libraries that wish to maintain a current and vibrant poetry collection for young people.—Shannon O'Connor, Unami M.S., Chalfont, PA - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.