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The EARTH Book Hardcover – March 17, 2010
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From School Library Journal
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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1) I don't like the line about eating everything on your plate- I don't think that's an awfully healthy way to look at food. I do like that it says to save your leftovers. We'll focus on that part when we read it.
2) I wish that the bit about water conservation had a justification that was a little more direct- saving water is not really about keeping the ocean blue. Everything else seems to be much more directly connected, and I feel the author could have done a little bit better on that particular bit.
Really these are small complaints, we'll definitely keep the book. I think it does an excellent job of helping kids realized that they can do a lot to help take care of the earth, and my son LOVES the pictures.