Synopses & Reviews
Minor’s elegant watercolor paintings offset the finger wagging environmental message of this collaboration between Shore and Alexander which reprises the “House That Jack Built” rhythms of This Is the Dream and This Is the Game. Unspoiled natural vistas—animals idling on the savannah fish leaping from a pristine river birds soaring in a clear sky—lead into images of indigenous peoples and American pioneers harvesting food and tending to livestock in harmony with the land. The tone darkens substantially as industrialization brings advances in transportation factories and other development that pollutes the air land and water. Minor (Galápagos George) provides images of overflowing landfills orange wastewater pouring into the sea and loggers ravaging a rainforest: “This is the Earth polluted by greed/ as we take what we want which is more than we need.” The mood lightens in the final pages as the focus turns to solutions and Minor shows contemporary children and adults recycling biking and tending to gardens and trees. Minor’s precise renderings of wildlife and flora are characteristically lovely but the juxtaposition of major environmental problems and simplistic child friendly solutions is jarring. Ages 4–8. (Feb.) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
Young readers learn how they can create a greener, healthier world in this powerful nonfiction picture book from authors Diane Z. Shore and Jessica Alexander, with art by award-winning illustrator Wendell Minor.
This Is the Earth explores hundreds of years of changing landscapes and the positive and negative impacts humans have had on the environment. Even the smallest actions can help save the world, and this lyrical, rhyming read-aloud text shows how smart and simple everyday habits can protect the planet.