[Nonfiction Wednesday] An Ode to Earth Our Home in “This is the Earth” with paintings by Wendell Minor

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Myra here.

We are delighted to join the Nonfiction Picture Book meme 2016 hosted by Alyson Beecher @ Kid Lit Frenzy. We would also be linking our nonfiction choices with our reading themes throughout the year.

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With climate change now being perceived as a fact and a lived reality, I feel that we need more environmentally-themed books such as these that show the beauty of our shared home, the Earth.

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This Is The Earth

Written by: Diane Z. Shore and Jessica Alexander Paintings by: Wendell Minor
Published by: Harper, 2016 ISBN: 0060555262 (ISBN13: 9780060555269) 
Borrowed a copy from the Jurong West Public Library. Book photos taken by me.

This book – told in rhyming text that also has a cumulative feel to it (ala This is the house that Jack built) – showcases the evolving landscapes of the earth through the centuries up to the present time.

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More than the text told in rhyme which I do not pretty much care for, Wendell Minor’s paintings seem to stand alone as one flips through the book and become awestruck by the full-spread beauty page after page after page.

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Minor also shifts gears towards the end as he depicts the devastation wrought by waste, landfills, and the debris spewed into the sea harming the creatures that live there.

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The book ends with a few pointed suggestions on what young readers can do to make a difference. The Author and the Illustrator’s notes at the end are also worth reading; however, do note that the link they provided isn’t working any longer (earthday.com). But here is one that’s working from Scholastic that contains a great deal of teacher resources and activities that can be done in the classroom.

Here is a short video clip on Earth Hour 2016:

And here is Michael Jackson’s Earth Song. Enjoy!

  1. Wendell Minor’s work here is wonderful, I agree. It is a lovely book.

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  2. annettepimentel July 20, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    Such beautiful books Wendell Minor paints! It was wonderful to see the spreads from this one in your post.

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  3. Beautiful! I always appreciate environmental stories that carry a spirit of hope – it’s important to show kids the true state of the world, but always to leave them feeling inspired, rather than hopeless.

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  4. Yes, gorgeous book! The artwork was a standout. I thought there were some good pages to talk about with the kids.

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  5. Beautiful book! Thanks for highlighting an environmental book.

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  6. I love that you included Michael Jackson’s song. I wish there was a movement like Earth Day for every season.

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