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The EARTH Book Hardcover – March 17, 2010

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Kindergarten-Grade 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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With illustrations that look as though they might have been done by enthusiastic children themselves, Parr’s book offers first-person advice about ways to take care of the earth. Although the suggestions are fine (“I turn off the faucet while I brush my teeth”) the reasons behind the actions (“because I love the fish”) could use more explanation for such a young audience. The strong appeal comes from the simple artwork done in Parr’s signature style, which features pure colors, objects and people outlined in thick black ink, and kids whose round faces are comprised of two dots for eyes and upturned lines for mouths. Young children will get a kick out of the vivid art (and the funny touches, like a fish wearing glasses); feel helpful when they do things like write on both sides of the paper; and perhaps intuit why protecting the environment is a good thing, if not exactly making the connection between saving paper and saving trees. Preschool-Grade 1. --Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Rei/Pstr edition (March 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031604265X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316042659
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Todd Parr is the author and illustrator of more than 30 books for children, including the New York Times bestselling The I Love You Book, The Earth Book, and The Thankful Book. His books are available in over fifteen languages throughout the world. He is the co-creator of the popular children's television show ToddWorld as well as short films for Sesame Street. Todd has partnered with Target, Hilton, TOMY, Stouffer's and several companies and organizations to help people and animals. Todd's books have won several awards and his TV show, ToddWorld, was nominated for three Daytime Emmy® awards. Todd lives in Berkeley, California with his family Pete, Tater Tot and Jerry.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Heidi on March 17, 2013
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My son grabbed this at preschool to show me when on his birthday he got to pick his favorite book to read to everyone. He talked about how much he loves the earth and that is why he wants to pick up the garbage....he is learning responsibility for the earth in a positive joyful way. It's terrific. So, we bought it for him to give to his dad for his birthday..so they can read it together.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Vanessa Levin on April 6, 2012
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Another fantastic book from popular children's author Todd Parr. His unique style of colorful illustrations and simple text are a smash hit with preschool and kindergarten audiences every time. This is the perfect book to read to your preschool or kindergarten class or child on Earth Day. Each page highlights one way young children can help make the world a better place followed by a "because" statement. Adding because statements makes the message in this book even more powerful. It's not about just telling kids to do something, but also giving them the reasons why it's important; therefore it becomes more meaningful to them. Parr also has a great sense of humor and knows his audience well as evidenced by the mention of underwear in the detachable poster that is included on the last page of the book. The Earth Book is sure to become a favorite with your child or class as they squeal with delight at the very thought of putting their underwear in the refrigerator!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Houston_guy on April 19, 2012
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This is such a cute book. I'm doing my student teaching in a kindergarten classroom and the students LOVED, LOVED this book. They were able to follow along and understand why it's important to take care of the earth. I would definitely recommend this book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marcello on July 16, 2010
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I LOVE this author's work and always look forward to what he does next. I certainly wasn't disappointed with THE EARTH BOOK as it shows kids in unique simple, fun ways what they can do to help. One of the pages even tears out to become a fun and useful poster. There are a lot of kid's book about the environment, but this one really stands out!
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After our recycling unit in the fall, we returned to this in April for EARTH DAY. Honestly, there is not a single Todd Parr book that I don't adore.
His messages are spot on, and easy enough for my pre-K students to understand. They find the list of 10 things to do hilarious, especially putting underwear in the freezer- they just wait daily for me to read that to them, and it always makes us all laugh!
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By Gippy on April 21, 2014
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Kudos to Todd Parr for writing and illustrating great books for kids. This is the perfect book to share during Earth Week and also all year long. Our children need to be taught to be good stewards of the Earth and this book is a great example of it.
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By Pen Name on August 5, 2012
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The earth book is great! It is very colorful, printed with safe ink and paper, children love this book. Highly recomended to any parent with small chilren. A great way to learn about how to be more environmentally friendly!
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I am not sure why, but my 3 year old is not interested at all in this book. I find it nicely done, simple graphics, and good concepts behind it. I had to force her to read it twice and she never touched it since...sorry.
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