The Earth Gives More

Albert Whitman. Mar. 2019. 32p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780807577103.
K-Gr 3–Imagine an idyllic world in which humans and the planet coexist in a mutually respected, symbiotic relationship. This book, written both as a love letter to Planet Earth and a guide for its residents as to its proper treatment, combines text and illustrations to turn this dream into a reality. Readers are escorted on a journey around the sun through the seasons from summer to fall, winter, spring, and back again. Each season has a beautiful trait that differentiates it from the others, and in each image, humans are doing something to better the environment that is not necessarily called out by the text. But in every instance, the Earth always gives more in return. Elegantly crafted rhyming phrases guide readers through the story, making it ideally suited for reading aloud. Readers are left with the final message to keep treating the Earth well so that it can continue to do its job taking care of all of us. Visually appealing, the child-friendly illustrations are filled with bright, vibrant colors and reflect the many landscapes and people found on Earth. Together, the text and images make this book extremely accessible to young readers.
VERDICT An excellent addition to library shelves and Earth Day curriculum for early elementary school-aged students.–Mary Lanni, Denver Public Library

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