"Our favorite books and new authors we can't wait to get our hands on. This informative homage to Earth is sure to inspire readers to learn more about their planet – and to engage with the world around them."—Beyond the Bookends
"Our World would make a great addition to a storytime kit or as part of a unit on geography or global studies. It would also make a great gift for kids interested in learning more about the world but young enough to need a very simple introduction."—Book Nook Review
"Our World is an appealing and intriguing addition to any home, school, classroom or public library!"—Dream Reader Kids
"An educational, playful and inspiring introduction to geography for the youngest readers... makes for one very attractive art object."—Digital Arts
"[A] gorgeous, clever book."—BookTrust
"A beautiful, nostalgic-feeling book-object that will delight younger primary school readers."—BookTrust
"Little ones are invited to identify and experience the Earth's amazing geography in this beautifully illustrated book."—Absolutely Mama
"A beautiful board book."—The Green Parent
"Our World is an appealing and intriguing addition to any home, school, classroom or public library!" —Prose and Kahn
"An artful, horizon-expanding introduction to our 'living home.'" —Kirkus Reviews
"Our World is a way to introduce your toddler to the WOWs of the world. This beautifully illustrated geographical book is a wonderful introduction to the different plants and animals our world has to offer."—Jean Little Library
"[A] Superior [picture book]... [Our World] is an informative exploration of Earth's diverse environments and, rather marvellously, is designed so that it opens out to mimic a freestanding globe."—The Financial Times
A shaped survey of Earth’s lands, seas, seasons, weather, and biomes.
The book is printed on sturdy stock and cut in a half-circle perched on a base so that it opens into snow globe–shaped leaves and can then be displayed in the round. The flyover offers young armchair travelers a series of eye-catching vistas ranging from “forests tall. // And grasslands wide” to “Continents large, islands small, / Salty seas surrounding all.” Interspersed descriptive notes in much smaller type and plainly addressed to an older audience go into general detail about each stop along the way. Feng’s soft focus natural scenes offer plenty of animals but no humans to see aside from an opening glimpse of a pair of snorkelers angled away from viewers and a few minute figures later on. All of the scenes (a line about how some grassland creatures eat grass and some “eat other grassland creatures!” notwithstanding) have a serene, peaceable-kingdom vibe. The point of view broadens at last to a map showing labeled continents and larger bodies of water, then a more distant view of our planet in space precedes a final cozy house beneath a starry sky, which serves as a reminder that our planet is: “a living home for everyone.
An artful, horizon-expanding introduction to our “living home." (Informational novelty board book. 2-4)