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Earth! : my first 4.54 billion years
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"Hi, I'm Earth! But you can call me Planet Awesome.I've been around for almost 4.6 billion years. Someone needs to give you the facts, and I'm the best planet for the job. Take a look inside and explore the world of-well, the world!"Earth! is filled to the brim with eye-opening, kid-friendly facts about our planet, all brought to life with vibrant art by award-winning illustrator David Litchfield. More than that, the picture book, is an adorable imagining of Earth's own personality, making it perfect for Earth Day promotions as well as classrooms.
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K-Gr 4-Ink-and-watercolor illustrations combine with a first-person narrative in this autobiography of Earth, who says, "You can call me Planet Awesome." Facts about Earth's favorite activities, such as spinning, circling the sun, and hanging out with the moon are mentioned. The process of the planet forming and cooling is shown as photos in a scrapbook. A time line chronicles the development of air, plants, and animals with a comment for each milestone ("My first dinosaur!"). The end of the dinosaurs is shown in a spread with Earth fearfully watching an angry asteroid hurtling closer. Younger readers learn basic facts, such as the names of the planets in the solar system or that it takes 29 days for the moon to orbit the earth. Older students will enjoy the personification of the planet and the humor of the narrative. For instance, Earth remarks that "animals are nice. But they mostly eat and poop and never wonder about my amazing life." There are also details in the illustrations (an image of the Beatles) that will amuse observant readers and adults. Back matter includes information on the continents, Earth's location in space, extinction events, and a list of sources. There is also a brief author's note addressed to "alien visitors," aka readers. VERDICT A humorous approach to planetary facts for the elementary grades.-Suzanne Costner, Fairview Elementary School, Maryville, TN © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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What better way to learn about the Earth than from Earth herself, who narrates this cheery introduction to our home planet: Hi! My name is Earth. Some people call me Gaia, the blue marble, the world, or the third planet from the sun. You can call me Planet Awesome. Warm and welcoming full-page scenes invite youngsters to learn a flurry of information about Earth in a genial, personable tone. For instance, the solar system is a set of eight siblings (Pluto's the family pet); Earth's favorite activity is spinning (a cute way to describe rotation); and she describes her childhood as Explosive. Gassy! Very cranky an apt description of early Earth. Litchfield's cartoonish depictions of expressive planets are a fitting complement to McAnulty's playful text, which ends on a reflective note that might encourage little ones to think about their own activities and habits: Humans have been super fun . . . But sometimes they forget to share and play nice and clean up after themselves. The book closes with additional resources. A creative, educational, and entertaining read for inquisitive kiddos.--Lock, Anita Copyright 2018 Booklist
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