Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Today's read... This Is the Planet Where I Live by K.L. Going

While the kids finally have their first day of school today after 2 weeks off due to ice and snow, I also have noticed the first flowers popping up their heads. Spring tends to hit hard and fast, here, and so today's read fits right in. This one is supposed to be a celebration of Earth and everything it holds.

I'm ready for a little picture book enjoyment, so let's head right in!

by K.L. Going
Illustrated Debra Frasier
Beach Lane Books
40 pages
ages 4 to 8

MARCH 21st!!!

This picture book celebrates and honors the interconnectedness of everything here on planet Earth.

The planet where we live is full of people, animals, insects, birds, trees, clouds, rain, oceans—and everything is interconnected. With a cumulative text and rich, highly-detailed collages, this book is a joyous ode to our wondrous planet.



Bright, vibrant and bold, this book displays the wide variety Earth holds with artistic flair.

These pages celebrate life and Earth in a playful and lively way. The writing flows smoothly as various aspects of life and things on Earth are mentioned. From animals to people to oceans, the large amount of variety on the planet comes to life.

The illustrations head in a more artistic direction, but also hold enough detail to leave much for listeners to view, search for, and enjoy. Most things are easy to recognize. Everything is bold and created with a joyful flair. While the various aspects are shown, there's also a clear, interconnected sense to everything to demonstrate that nothing stands alone, but that everything on our planet influences something else.

This is a more atmospheric read, which allows good feelings to flow, while building up a respect for everything around us. It would be a nice edition to a classroom, and I see it as especially being useful to set the tone for several social study themes.

And here they are...

K.L. Going is the author of many critically acclaimed novels, including The Liberation of Gabriel King and the Printz Honor–winning Fat Kid Rules the World, as well as the picture books Bumpety, Dunkety, Thumpety-Thump!, illustrated by Simone Shin, and The Shape of the World, illustrated by Lauren Stringer. She lives with her family in Glen Spey, New York. Visit her at KLGoing.com.

Debra Frasier has written and illustrated many acclaimed picture books, including A Fabulous Fair AlphabetMiss Alaineus: A Vocabulary Disaster; and the beloved and bestselling On the Day You Were Born. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.


L. Diane Wolfe said...

We are all connected because no one lives in a bubble.

Tonja Drecker said...

How true!