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Glaser's (Compost!) joyous appreciation of the interconnectedness of all living things forms the heart of this celebratory picture book; Kleven's (City of Angels; Abuela) brilliant, busy art gives it its soul. In lyrical free verse stanzas, the author exalts the life-giving rain, sun, soil and air that enable numberless plants, animals and "you and me" to inhabit a most amazing planet. Her exhilaration inspires a message of ecological respect without ever mentioning it directly. The text would be merely sweet on its own, but Kleven's kinetic mixed-media compositions, pulsing with flurries of color and light, swirl and flow as they accentuate the poem's happy rhythms. She creates a vibrant tapestry of people and nature in many settings: a city park, backyards, gardens, a sunset in the Middle East and a nighttime African savanna. This title is a good addition to the Earth Day picture-book canon, but it also stands apart as a sunny look at the wonders of the natural world. Ages 5-9. (Apr.)
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Kindergarten-Grade 2-A joyful celebration of the Earth with the important environmental message that we share the planet not only with all the various people of the world, but with the plant and animal worlds as well. The loosely rhymed poem describes water, sun, soil, air, wind, sky, night, and moon and serves as a breezy introduction to ecological interdependence. Kleven's colorful artwork is full of subtle detail and depicts children and adults playing, dancing, relaxing, and working all over the world-from the African plain to a Caribbean island to a South American mountain. The artist uses an effective mix of media, from collage to chalk, to portray depth of scenes and vibrancy of detail. A lively look at "-our big blue-green, growing-sun-warmed-life-giving-precious living home."-Rosie Peasley, Empire Union School District, Modesto, CA
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Millbrook Press (September 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761317767
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761317760
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #580,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Linda Glaser has fond childhood memories of snuggling next to her mother and being read to. She's grateful that because of this, she grew up with a strong love of books even though she had a terrible time learning to read. When she finally mastered it in third grade, she immediately grabbed a pen and pad and started to write. And she hasn't stopped since. She loves how time evaporates when she writes. She also loves the feeling of being captured by a good book and hopes her readers will have that experience when they open one of her hers. Please visit her website www.LindaGlaserAuthor.com


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kevin O'Brien on November 30, 2000
Format: Hardcover
"Our Big Home: An Earth Poem" is a delight for both children and adults. The words and images on each page joyfully engage the child in each of us to awaken to the interconnectedness of all life. If you're looking for a book to inspire and reinforce a young child's sense of wonder, I recommmend "Our Big Home." Linda Glaser's text is poetic, informative and sunny, with an enticing, playful lilt throughout. The accompanying illustrations by noted children's book artist Elisa Kleven are brimful of charming details that children will enjoy discovering and re-examining over and over. The poet Hopkins once said, "There lives the dearest freshness deep down things." Remember how a book in your childhood opened up a whole new world? This book captures that "dearest freshness" of our "big home" in a magical way.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
What a beautiful book! It's filled with joy and a sense of wonder at this home all humans share. The illustrations go perfectly with the text, offering young readers (and non-readers) delightful images to spend long moments studying. The rhymes are gentle and flowing, like the message. A great gift for anyone sharing our precious, living home.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jill phillips on November 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed this book so much! The rhymes were wonderful and seemed to just flow off my tongue as I read them to my child! I loved the illustrations---so bright and cheery! I would highly recommend this book to anyone. It's a perfect bedtime story for any child.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 2, 2008
Format: Paperback
OUR BIG HOME, AN EARTH POEM, IS ONE OF THE BETTER BOOKS ON THE ENVIRONMENT THAT I HAVE HAD THE CHANCE TO READ. I AM ANXIOUS TO SHARE THIS WITH MY FAMILY. IT MAKES ME FEEL GOOD ABOUT LIVING IN A WORLD THAT IS A HOME AND NOT JUST A HOUSE. THE ILLUSTRATIONS ARE EXCELLENT. THANKS TO THE AUTHOR AND THE ILLUSTRATOR IN MAKING ME FEEL GOOD ABOUT WHERE I LIVE. WE CAN NEVER REALLY FEEL ALONE IN THIS WORLD!
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By jilly on August 20, 2013
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This is such a sweet book. The illustrations are so detailed and fun to look at. The book is not pushing a political agenda, but just highlights the many miraculous features of our earth and how we all share in it's experience. My kids and I have read this probably 100 times or more and we still enjoy reading it every time.
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