- Age Range: 7 - 10 years
- Grade Level: 2 - 5
- Lexile Measure: 750L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 96 pages
- Publisher: Triangle Square (November 27, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1609804287
- ISBN-13: 978-1609804282
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,706,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Story of the Blue Planet Hardcover – November 27, 2012
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“Magnason’s writing is lean, swift and often lyrical. . . immensely satisfying — a major contribution to the sparsely populated eco-lit genre, and one that could entice other authors to contribute.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Magnason’s beautifully illustrated and expertly translated book is charming, eccentric, moving, and humbling – often reminiscent of Roald Dahl or William Steig. It’s a magical coming-of-age story that may also remind adults to appreciate the here and the now, and that the grass on the other side may appear greener, but that doesn’t mean it’s better.”—Typographical Era
“It's a delightful and pointed tale. Indeed, The Story of the Blue Planet, aided by Aslaug Jonsdottir's fanciful and evocative illustrations, raises important issues about greed, collaboration, friendship and trust that will kick-start discussions among children and their caretakers. Home and school libraries would do well to add it to their collections.”—Truthout
“The sound ecological message that is conveyed in The Story of the Blue Planet has justifiably met with widespread international acclaim, with the book having won numerous highly sought-after prizes, and being the first chidren’s book to be awarded the Icelandic Literary Prize."—Book Pleasures
"Adventurous and entertaining...the illustrations are lovely and offer a visual stimulus for the story.”—Books for Kids
“Those who enjoyed Adam Gidwitz's A Tale Dark and Grimm (Dutton, 2010) may find Magnason's cautionary ecological tale a perfect complement. Well-paced, with some wonderful, story-enhancing color illustrations.”—School Library Journal
About the Author
Andri Snær Magnason is one of Iceland's most celebrated young writers. He has written poetry, plays, fiction, and non-fiction, and in 2009 he co-directed the documentary Dreamland, which was based on his book Dreamland: A Self-Help Manual for a Frightened Nation. In 2002 LoveStar was named "Novel of the Year" by Icelandic booksellers and received the DV Literary Award and a nomination for the Icelandic Literary Prize. LoveStar was also shortlisted for the 2013 Philip K. Dick Award. His children's book, The Story of the Blue Planet—now published or performed in twenty-six countries—was the first children's book to receive the Icelandic Literary Prize, and was also the recipient of the Janusz Korczak Honorary Award and the West Nordic Children's Book Prize. Andri is the winner of the 2010 Kairos Award.
Áslaug Jónsdóttir is an illustrator, author of children’s books, artist, and graphic designer. She has written and illustrated several books for children, amongst them The Egg (Eggið, 2003), I Want Fish! (Ég vil fisk! 2007), and the award-winning Good Evening (Gott kvöld, 2005), which received The Bookseller’s Prize as the best children’s book of 2005, The Icelandic Illustration Award, The Reykjavik Educational Council Children’s Book Prize, and was nominated for The Nordic Children’s Book Award.
Julian Meldon D’Arcy is Professor of English Literature at the University of Iceland. He has written books on Scottish literature and sports, and has translated novels, poetry, and films from Icelandic, including the children’s books Flowers on the Roof and The Fisherman’s Boy and the Seal.
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The Story of the Blue Planet is fascinating on so many levels. It is more than just an adventure or a tale about the environment. It is a story that makes you think about yourself, about others, and about the world.
Is it right for you to deprive others of life's necessities in order for you to have more fun? This book helps children understand that actions have consequences. Sometimes, those consquences have dire effects on ourselves and on others. While this lesson applies to the environment, it can also be applied to every facet of life
Jolly Goodday represents the selfish and unconcerned side of all of us. He tells us half-truths and uses trickery to convince us that other people don't matter as much as ourselves. He says that we should think of our own pleasure first, no matter what it does to someone else. He is the little voice that demands to be satisfied, no matter the cost.
In addition to the many morals contained between it's pages, this story is adventurous and entertaining. I love books that can teach a lesson through storytelling. The illustrations are lovely and offer a visual stimulus for the story. This is one of those books that I think every child should read. It is targeted at kids, and it is the kind of literature that will give them pause and make them consider their actions. "Think before you act" is a big theme in this book.
In common with the stereotypical picture of the travelling salesman worldwide, Goodday promises to make the children's dreams come true and to bring joy into their lives. Little are they aware that they already live in such a dream-fulfilling and joyful world that Goodday's promises are merely deceptive and beguiling, being rooted in self-interest and unthwarted materialism. From this point forth, they set out on a course that can only bring despair and deep-seated dissatisfaction, not only for themselves, but also for those who live on the other side of the planet (whom they unknowingly plunge into darkness, so that they can procure all the light). Ultimately, when they have traveled a long way, both literally and metaphorically, they come to the hard-won conclusion that having everything your own way is not intrinsically rewarding, especially when your actions are unjust and cruel towards others that you exploit.
The sound ecological message that is conveyed in The Story of the Blue Planet has justifiably met with widespread international acclaim, with the book having won numerous highly sought-after prizes, and being the first children's book to be awarded the Icelandic Literary Prize. Apart from being a tale with great moral value, it also manages to convey a deep-seated sense of wonder at the pleasurable aspects of the environment around one, which is extremely uplifting and enjoyable. That the book has been published in 25 different languages, in places as far afield as the Faroe Islands and South Korea, shows the remarkable universality of its themes and appeal to children far and wide.
I have told several friends about Story of the Blue Planet and after they read the book, we all wonder why it's such a secret! This is just an amazing book. Children and adults alike will love this story. It will stick with you long after you close the book.