The Earth Book [NOOK Book]

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 ...
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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.
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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: 2/21/2011
  • Series: Melded Audio and Text
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: NOOK Kids Read to Me
  • Sales rank: 344,825
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

Todd Parr
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.

Biography

Author/illustrator Todd Parr is the poster child for perseverance. Growing up in Wyoming, he knew he wanted to be an artist, but he met with rejection at almost every turn. In school, his drawings and paintings were considered childish and simplistic. He even failed his high school art course for not meeting class standards. As a result, for many years he lacked the self-confidence to pursue his dreams. Then, when he finally mustered the resolve to begin painting in earnest, his work was turned down by dozens of galleries.

Yet, in spite of these roadblocks, Parr persisted. He arranged a small showing of his paintings at Wolfgang Puck's San Francisco restaurant Postrio. A buyer for Macy's West saw his canvases and encouraged him to design a line of merchandise for the store. Then, in 1998, Parr's bold, colorful style caught the eye of Little Brown agent Megan Tingley, who approached him to write children's books. The rest, as they say, is publishing history.

Unlike other children's authors, Parr is not a traditional storyteller; yet his books—with their positive, reassuring messages about acceptance, self-confidence, and diversity—have become enormously popular. In bestsellers like The Family Book, We Belong Together and It's Okay to Be Different, he encourage preschoolers to be themselves, to express their feelings, and to celebrate what makes each of them unique.

But it is his artwork—cheerful stick figures rendered in bright, neon colors and outlined boldly in black—that makes Parr one of the most recognized names in the world of children's literature. The same simplicity of technique that once drew criticism has proved to be his most bankable commodity. His work has been displayed in the windows of FAO Schwartz, his products are sold worldwide, and he has won awards for his books and for his preschool television show ToddWorld. Pretty good for a kid who was thrown out of high school art class!

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Not all of Parr's fans are eight and under—teens in Japan reportedly swamped the author on his book tour, bringing rice cookers and surfboards for signing.

Before he began his career as a children's author, Parr was a flight attendant for United Airlines.

Parr's first job was working at Taco Time for $1 an hour at age 11. "I was going to own my own someday," he said in an interview with Barnes & Noble.com. "I still love tacos. :)"

Parr gives special credit to his family for their support: "I have a very special family," he told Barnes & Noble.com. "They never really understood me, but encouraged me to go after everything I wanted even when we did not agree. As I now realize—this takes a lot of love to do."

Parr has no formal art training.

He was flabbergasted when he was approached to write children's books. "I can't even spell," he told us, "so the idea of being an 'author' never entered my mind!" Once he realized this would not be an obstacle, it cleared the way for him to focus on his artwork and the messages behind it.

When asked what kind of advice he would give to kids who want to be artists, here's what Parr told us:
Believe in yourself. Art is art even if no one else likes what you do. If it makes you happy, stay with it. Don't give up. And surround yourself with your work to remind yourself of what makes you feel good.

The message behind my work stemmed somewhat from my childhood because it was not okay for me to be who I was. I did not conform to the "norm" or want to be like everyone else. Things have not changed that much for kids today either; it seems harder for them. So in the process of doing what I'm doing in my work—enjoying my life and being happy—if I can help someone, especially kids, learn to believe in themselves, accept others, and learn not to hate, then maybe someone's life will be a little easier and maybe their dreams a little closer to coming true."

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    1. Hometown:
      Berkeley, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 9, 1962
    2. Place of Birth:
      Rock Springs, Wyoming
    1. Education:
      High school diploma
    2. Website:

First Chapter

The EARTH Book


By Parr, Todd

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Copyright © 2010 Parr, Todd
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780316042659

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

I use both sides of the paper

and bring my own bags to the market because…

I love the trees

and I want the owls to have a place to live.

I turn off the faucet while I brush my teeth

and use less water for my baths because…

I love the fish and I want the oceans to stay blue.

I take the school bus and ride my bike because…

I love the stars and I want the air to be clear so I can see them sparkle.

I try to eat every bite on my plate

and save my leftovers because…

I love watching things grow and I want there to be enough food for everyone.

I remember to turn off the lights

and shut the refrigerator to save energy because…

I love the polar bears

and I want the snowmen to stay cool.

I throw garbage in the trash can

and recycle glass, aluminum, paper, and plastic because…

I love to walk barefoot in the grass

and I don’t want to move to Mars!

Most of all, I help take care of the earth because…

I want us ALL to be happy and healthy!



Continues...

Excerpted from The EARTH Book by Parr, Todd Copyright © 2010 by Parr, Todd. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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    Posted August 15, 2011

    AWESOME

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2010

    Fun Book!

    I bought this book for my four-year-old for Earth Day. It is full of fun images and vibrant colors. It is quite simple, but the world are simple for a beginning reader. He loves, loves, loves the underwear reference at the end. Todd Parr has become an important section of his book shelf.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2010

    Loved it!!

    This a wonderful book. Simple and meaningful. I teach preschool and the students all loved it, as does my 3 year old. He reads the book to himself at night. Great book for Earth Day!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    Great Book!

    I had been looking for a book for my preschoolers to learn about earth day. This book was simple enough for them but also shared lessons about earth day. They loved the poster in the book and were talking about the book after we read it for weeks. They liked the cut out in the book and liked to put their face in it! The book was colorful and grabbed the attention of the kids in my class who are not so keen on storytime. The price and barnes and noble was reasonable compared to the other book stores and with my member discount, even better!

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