Title: Our Planet! There’s No Place Like Earth
Author: Stacy McAnulty
Illustrator: David Litchfield
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company, 2022
Themes: planets, Earth, climate, climate change, energy, renewable energy, flora, fauna, solar system
Hi, I’m Earth.
Also known as Planet Awesome.
Also known as your awesome home.
Actually, I’m home to all the plants in the solar system and all the animals, including all the humans. That’s nearly eight billion people.
This is the next in Stacy McAnulty’s Our Universe series. Earth is home to all the plants and all the animals in the solar system, and is uniquely suited to sustaining this incredible variety of life. Sadly, humans have accidentally moved Earth’s climate change into the fast lane, and she need your help to put on the brakes. Earthlings need Earth, and Earth needs Earthlings. A beautiful and educational earth to pull together to save the planet.
Why I like this book:
This book is dense with kid-friendly facts about our planet, and is written and beautifully illustrated from the POV of Earth herself, which makes her message more intimate and personal. It is a friendly introduction to climate change with a strong environmental message for young readers.
I think it is worth reading Stacy’s first Earth!My First 4.54 Billion Years book with this one, where Earth exhorts readers on how to take better care of her gifts. I love how Stacy presents this environmental science and challenge in a comprehensible and personal way. She focuses not just on how humans have messed up but also on ways to rectify the situation. It is hard to read this and not be aware of our individual responsibility. It is a terrific addition to this series and one to add to your classroom and library shelves.
A great read for earth day, but equally useful in any nuit on planets or climate.
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