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How Plants Bring the Earth to Life

From the Sunlight series

by Molly Bang & Penny Chisholm and illustrated by Molly Bang

Age Range: 6 - 10

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-545-04422-6
Publisher: Blue Sky/Scholastic

Mirroring the format of Bang’s more energy-focused My Light (2006), this one is in part dedicated to Ben, “who felt it was more important that the sun’s energy fuels life than that it can change into electricity.” Here, too, the sun speaks in a meditative first-person voice: “All living things— / including YOU— / pulse with my light / and keep it circling / round and round on Earth.” Elsewhere, the style and cadence evoke an awestruck child on the playground, excitedly sharing newfound knowledge: “Without plants, / you would have no oxygen. / Without plants, / you would have no food. / Without plants, / you could not live. / Without plants, / there would be no life on Earth.” Sunlight is represented visually throughout by tiny yellow dots that travel in and out of Earth’s lush blue and green landscapes, often to gorgeous effect. Photosynthesis is thrilling to ponder, and Bang and Chisholm shout their enthusiasm for the process—and for the interconnectedness of all living things—from the (probably solar-paneled) rooftops. (notes) (Informational picture book. 6-10)