THIS IS THE EARTH by Diane Z. Shore

THIS IS THE EARTH

Age Range: 4 - 8
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

A beautiful natural world, spoiled by modern industrialization, can be restored through “green” activities.

In this misguided picture book, initially cheerful rhyming stanzas with “The House That Jack Built” cadence introduce the glories of our natural world, and then they go on to show its degradation and to suggest simple methods for people to help. Minor begins his series of gorgeous watercolor images with the iconic portrait of Earth from space. This is followed by a series of three “peaceable kingdom” spreads showing animals sharing the savannah, salmon leaping from a river, birds soaring, and Native Americans living in harmony with their world. These give way to agriculture, the introduction of transportation infrastructure, and a busy city-street scene with cars and workers. Then comes the upsetting part, developmentally out of sync with young readers and listeners, who are more likely to be overwhelmed by the images than galvanized by them: a landfill, a sewage pipe emptying into the ocean, a smoky steel-mill floor, a rain forest being despoiled, and melting Arctic glaciers. "Fumes and exhaust choke the air that we breathe, / endangering nature, creating despair." No amount of recycling, riding bicycles, releasing turtles, turning off lights, and using reusable bags is going to cure these large problems. It is dishonest to suggest they will. The inaccurate premise of this book appears in the authors’ note: " 'Going green' can be easy." Not really.

Fantasy in history and prescription, missing its intended audience and everybody else. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Feb. 23rd, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-06-055526-9
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 2015




MORE BY DIANE Z. SHORE

ChildrenHOW TO DRIVE YOUR SISTER CRAZY by Diane Z. Shore
by Diane Z. Shore
ChildrenTHIS IS THE DREAM by Diane Z. Shore
by Diane Z. Shore

MORE BY JESSICA ALEXANDER

ChildrenTHIS IS THE DREAM by Diane Z. Shore
by Diane Z. Shore

MORE BY WENDELL MINOR

ChildrenHOW TO BE A BIGGER BUNNY by Florence Minor
by Florence Minor
ChildrenWILLA by Amy Ehrlich
by Amy Ehrlich
ChildrenTRAPPED! A WHALE'S RESCUE by Robert Burleigh
by Robert Burleigh
ChildrenSEQUOIA by Tony Johnston
by Tony Johnston

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenTHE EARTH AND I by Frank Asch
by Frank Asch
AdultONE CHILD by Christopher Cheng
by Christopher Cheng
ChildrenMISS FOX’S CLASS GOES GREEN by Eileen Spinelli
by Eileen Spinelli