The Earth Book

The Earth Book

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by Todd Parr
     
 

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"I take care of the earth because I know I can do little things every day to make a BIG difference..."

With his signature blend of playfulness and sensitiviy, Todd Parr explores the important, timely subject of environmental protection and conservation in this eco-friendly picture book. Featuing a circular die-cut Earth on the cover, and printedSee more details below

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Overview

"I take care of the earth because I know I can do little things every day to make a BIG difference..."

With his signature blend of playfulness and sensitiviy, Todd Parr explores the important, timely subject of environmental protection and conservation in this eco-friendly picture book. Featuing a circular die-cut Earth on the cover, and printed entirely with recycled materials and nontoxic soy inks, this book includes lots of easy, smart ideas on how we can all work together to make the Earth feel good - from planting a tree and using both sides of the paper, to saving energy and reusing old things in new ways.

Best of all, the book includes an interior gatefold with a poster with tips/reminders on how kids can "go green" everyday. Equally whimsical and heartfelt, this sweet homage to our beautiful planet is sure to inspire readers of all ages to do their part in keeping the Earth happy and healthy.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Parr's signature chunky style, smiley-faced kids share what they love about the planet and what they do to protect it. “I turn off the faucet while I brush my teeth,” says a purple boy in a hot pink bathroom. On another spread, two figures stand in a sunny garden with neatly planted rows of produce: “I love watching things grow and I want there to be enough food for everyone.” The earnest message springs off the page. Ages 4-8. (Mar.)
Kirkus Reviews
Parr adds to his successful series of easy-to-understand, vibrantly illustrated stories with this ecologically themed offering for younger children. He uses a simple, repetitive structure written in first person: "I [do this worthwhile activity] / and [this one] because . . . // I love [this aspect of nature] / and I want [this to happen]." This structural format works well to bring complex issues such as global warming into a simple context that kids can connect with. The text reads smoothly and poetically, but children may need some additional explanation from an adult to understand the logic behind the actions and resulting benefits. The cheerful illustrations include children of all colors (real and make-believe) and recognizable animals with wildly imaginary color schemes. A concluding note from the author offers encouraging words about taking care of the environment, and the reverse of the book jacket includes a list of ten ways to save the Earth. His approach to this complex topic is simple but not simplistic, and this introduction to the subject is both useful and entertaining. (Picture book. 5-8)
Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Everyone can do their part to help take care of the earth. Each person's efforts add to make a difference in helping the planet. The characters in the story tell what they can do to help to help the environment and their reasons why. For instance, using both sides of the paper and bringing your own bags are ways to appreciate the trees and the homes of owls. Although the message about conserving paper usage is inferred, children may benefit from a discussion to understand the inference made about the connection between conserving paper to trees and owls. There are additional ecological ideas but the relationships may not be clear for children. Even more confusing is how eating all the food on your plate and saving leftovers connects to watching things grow in the garden and having enough food for people. A poster is included in the book with a list of ten ways to conserve. Some of the principles, however, are not explained in the main text, and a few do not make sense like putting underwear in the freezer when it is hot. The bold and bright illustrations with black outlining illustrations attract the eyes but the ecological message is unclear without further discussion to make connections about going green. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4—The narrator states, "I take care of the earth because I know I can do little things every day to make a BIG difference." Parr then offers a practical catalog of simple activities easily managed by even quite young children, followed by clear explanations of how those simple things can have a large impact on the health of our planet. "I use both sides of the paper and bring my own bags to market because…I love the trees and I want the owls to have a place to live." The book is "printed with recycled materials and nontoxic soy inks." The vibrantly colored cartoons with heavy black outlines resemble those a child might create. Useful as an introduction to the subject, this is a bright and cheerful presentation.—Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316186889
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
02/21/2011
Series:
Melded Audio and Text
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
221,175
File size:
7 MB
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Todd Parr is the author of more than thirty books for children, including the New York Times bestselling The I Love You Book, The Earth Book, and The Thankful Book. He lives in Berkeley, California. For a complete list of Todd's books and more information, visit www.toddparr.com.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Berkeley, California
Date of Birth:
July 9, 1962
Place of Birth:
Rock Springs, Wyoming
Education:
High school diploma
Website:
http://www.toddparr.com

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