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From Publishers Weekly

"The Earth and I are friends," begins this sentimental picture book in which a boy inventories the many ways he and the planet benefit and enjoy each other. Examples both obvious ("I help her to grow. She helps me to grow" accompanies pictures of the boy tilling soil, then eating food) and inspired ("I dance for her. She dances for me" is paired with the boy raking leaves, then the leaves being blown about by a gust of wind) give way to the book's ultimate "green" message: "When she's sad, I'm sad" captions a view of a scrap heap. The simple text is consistent with Asch's repertoire of very young picture books (Happy Birthday, Moon; Bear Shadow), but it lacks the humor that have made the others preschool classics. He paints a dreamscape of liquidy watercolors, with blues, purples, greens and reds bleeding together in a wash of rainbows that cover both the boy and the earth: hair, clothes, leaves, clouds are each multicolored. Jaded adults may have to stifle a laugh at the final, feel-good illustration, which features the narrator hugging a tree. Ages 3-7.
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PreSchool-Grade 1-A simple story in which a boy describes his interactions with his special "friend," the Earth. ("I tell her what's on my mind. She listens to every word.") Asch's paintings show the child in close harmony with nature as he rides the back of a tortoise, plants vegetables, sings with the birds, and dances in the wind. Pollution mars their play towards the end ("When she's sad, I'm sad"), but he cleans up the garbage, plants a new flower, and hugs a tree on the final page. Despite the rainbow tones woven into each illustration, the muted pictures are blandly drawn and have little personality. They are in keeping with the universality of the author's message, but make for a rather unexciting picture book. The basic ecological theme is delivered in a straightforward manner; the book could be used to introduce nature units and is well suited to beginning readers. Nancy Carlstrom's Northern Lullaby (Philomel, 1992), Doug Florian's Nature Walk (1989), and Charlotte Zolotow's Say It! (1980, both Greenwillow) address the subject with more charm and imagination, but The Earth and I will reach even younger audiences.
Steven Engelfried, West Lynn Library, OR
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 50 (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (March 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152063951
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152063955
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A child makes friends with the earth and its creatures. When the earth gets sad because of trash and pollution, the child cleans up the garbage and makes the earth happy. The beautiful color illustrations captivated my daughter before she was one. Now it is still a favorite of hers, and she knows the words by heart and makes observations about the story.
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By Dana Alma on September 16, 2013
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The Earth and I comes to life with it’s vibrant colors and whimsical adventure. This adorable story introduces little readers to mother earth. Each illustration is a story in itself, paving the way for your child to ask questions as they behold the wonders they see. The Earth and I provides charming examples of how children and the earth are connected, clearly emphasizing the importance of the bond. Happy earth, happy child. My child explored the pages noting unique details on the pages. The rich illustrations spoke to him as well as the story that unfolded. It made an impact on him as he continued to discuss the book for days afterwards, recalling what he had read in the book with the world around him. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading the next book by Frank Asch called Water.
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What a wonderful story and the pictures are beautiful. I love to share this with my students. The kids love he pictures.
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I got this book from the library for my 2 year old and he loves it! The illustrations are wonderfully colorful and eyecatching, instantly holding his attention. He wants me to read it over and over. I know this book is meant for kids a little older but the message is great for even the littlest children! Exellent!
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Frank Asch is an amazing artist, and his varied work in children's books grab your attention and imagination. His stories are sweet and carry a mild message, but never feel lesson-y. They make excellent bedtime reading for younger children, and have been heavily requested at our house. The pictures are amazingly beautiful, with vibrant colors, especially in this book. An especially good choice for very visual children!
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Book was gorgeous and children loved the pictures. I am working on going "green" in my classroom. Books like this one help children to appreciate our planet!
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Bought this book for my preschool class to reiterate our themes of recycling and taking care of our earth. Both the story and nature of the illustrations are perfect for three and four year olds!
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It's not great. The pictures are fun for adults and boring for kids. The text is nice and ecological but there is nothing to interest a child.
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