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If You Come to Earth Hardcover – Picture Book, September 15, 2020
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A beautiful guide to planet Earth from two-time Caldecott winning author-illustrator Sophie Blackall.
“Exquisite . . . Magnificent . . . Dazzling. . . . [If You Come to Earth] is a book that can be shared with strangers, visitors, friends old and new—a work in which differences build to reveal an inclusive human family on a single, precious planet.”
—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“[V]ivid, delicate, and precise, Blackall composes intricate spreads that express the vast diversity of the planet. . . As a two-time Caldecott winner, [she] is deservedly celebrated, and here she pairs her accomplished artwork with a story children will want to read and a message that resonates. [If You Come to Earth] is one to take your time with, savor, and share with others.”
—Booklist, Starred Review
Horn Book Magazine
”The true delight of [If You Come to Earth] lies in its stunning illustrations. Each page features a dynamic, energetic composition, a wealth of precise detail arranged in unexpected ways. . . . Sweet, funny, moving, timely, and beautiful.”
—Horn Book Magazine, Starred Review
If you come to Earth, there are a few things you need to know. . .
We live in all kinds of places.
In all kinds of homes.
In all kinds of families.
About the Author
SOPHIE BLACKALL has illustrated many books, including the Ivy + Bean series, Ruby's Wish, and has twice won the Caldecott Medal. Originally from Australia, she now lives in Brooklyn, New York. Learn more about her at SophieBlackall.com.
"The true delight of [If You Come to Earth] lies in its stunning illustrations. Each page features a dynamic, energetic composition, a wealth of precise detail arranged in unexpected ways. . . . Sweet, funny, moving, timely, and beautiful."-Horn Book Magazine, starred review
"To take care of one another and the Earth, we must truly see one another as unique and valued. . . . Throughout [If You Come to Earth], diverse people are distinctively, carefully portrayed, emphasizing representation and visibility. . . . Two-time Caldecott Medalist Blackall's rich illustration invites return visits to investigate all the small, and big, details they contain. . . . An introduction to Earth for children big and small who live in this galaxy, or beyond."-Kirkus Reviews
"[Sophie Blackall's] signature Chinese ink and watercolor illustrations will draw children in for repeat readings to pore over each detail. . . . Each page is well researched and inclusive, as Blackall depicts the many different people who live in the world. . . . With its gorgeous and intricate illustrations, [If You Come to Earth] is perfect for sharing."-School Library Journal, starred review
"[E]xquisite . . . Magnificent . . . [D]azzling. . . . [If You Come to Earth] is a book that can be shared with strangers, visitors, friends old and new-a work in which differences build to reveal an inclusive human family on a single, precious planet."-Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Blackall writes in honest, uncomplicated prose, her unpretentious statements all the more resonant for their frankness. She covers nearly every aspect of existence. . . . Blackall's colorful, clever illustrations feel as though she has focused a giant microscope on the planet. You could spend hours poring over the details on every page. . . . [If You Come to Earth is] a sprawling, ambitious take on some of life's biggest questions."-BookPage
"[V]ivid, delicate, and precise, Blackall composes intricate spreads that express the vast diversity of the planet. . . As a two-time Caldecott winner, [she] is deservedly celebrated, and here she pairs her accomplished artwork with a story children will want to read and a message that resonates. [If You Come to Earth] is one to take your time with, savor, and share with others."-Booklist, starred review
About the Author
- Publisher : Chronicle Books; Illustrated edition (September 15, 2020)
- Language: : English
- Hardcover : 80 pages
- ISBN-10 : 145213779X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1452137797
- Reading age : 5 - 8 years
- Lexile measure : AD520L
- Grade level : Kindergarten - 3
- Item Weight : 1.4 pounds
- Dimensions : 9.38 x 0.5 x 11.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
"A timely novel highlighting the worth and delicate nature of Nature itself." -Delia Owens Learn more
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And in case anyone should question Blackall’s intention with regards to ‘just providing a diverse ticklist’, think again. The two-time Caldecott Medal winner, spent years planning, researching, traveling and talking to others to try and get this book right; its origin can be unearthed in her work with Save the Children and UNICEF over the years where she met and worked with children from all over the world. From these meetings and experiences, she wanted to create a book which can show them that they are much connected as they are separate and unique.
After her travels were over and she was back in her study in Brooklyn, Sophie spent weeks with young children in school, asking them about their perceptions of the world and what they might tell a visitor from outer space about it were they to encounter one. Blackall also informs us that every face in the book is based on real people she had encountered on her travels – whether they were sketched from visits to the local market, airports, at a picnic or happen to be public figures: everyone there has a connection to someone very real.
Created with a blend of Chinese ink and watercolour, If You Come to Earth is a celebrated of both the macro and the micro on our planet. From mighty oceans to grains of sand; from a library of books to the raised dot on a page of braille, this book is intricately detailed and invites countless re-readings. It is a celebration of what makes each of us unique whilst managing to find joy in what connects us. A delightful book to share with others.