Book review: This Is the Earth, by Diane Z. Shore and Jessica Alexander, paintings by Wendell Minor

Shore, Diane Z., and Alexander, Jessica. This is the Earth. Paintings by Wendell Minor. Harper, 2016. Unp. $17.99. ISBN: 9780060555269. Gr. 1+. P8 Q8

shore-this-is-the-earthThe end papers of this book have a painting of the Earth seen from the moon. A photograph was taken by astronaut Bill Anders who commented “We came all this way to explore the moon, and the most important thing is that we discovered the Earth.” The message of this book is to take care of Earth. The environmental message is told in a rhyming text with illustrations that help to carry the message.

Verdict: What a great book to read aloud to a class which is studying the earth. It would also be great to use along with Earth Day.

November 2016 review by Carol Bernardi.

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