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DEAR EARTH by Isabel Otter


by Isabel Otter ; illustrated by Clara Anganuzzi

Pub Date: Feb. 7th, 2023
ISBN: 978-1-66430-014-9
Publisher: Tiger Tales

How can we support the planet?

Tessa’s grandfather used to be an explorer and loves talking about the Earth. Inspired, Tessa decides to write a letter to the Earth, explaining that she, too, wants to be an explorer and describing where she’d like to go, incorporating detail both factual (“Most of your surface is covered in water”) and poetic (“I want to dive into your deep oceans and see shoals of swirling fish”). Inventive illustrations with whimsical proportions and perspectives show Tessa as she imagines swimming, running, and flying her way across the globe, full of excitement and curiosity as she investigates different natural features, environments, plants, and animals. The book ends with Grandpa reassuring Tessa—and readers—that the planet can still be saved, and informative and inviting backmatter describes the effects of climate change as well as ways that kids can make a difference. This love letter to the planet provides a shimmering introduction to the natural wonder of the Earth and an age-appropriate explanation of the challenges it faces, complete with a message about activism and hope. Tessa and her grandfather are both brown-skinned. (This book was reviewed digitally.)

A loving appreciation of the Earth that blends facts and flights of fancy.

(Informational picture book. 3-8)