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Apr 23 2020

Why I love the Earth by Daniel Howarth

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Harper Collins, 2020. ISBN: 9780008389109. 26pp., hbk.
Illustrator Daniel Howarth has taken the words of our littlest ones about why they love this planet and transformed them into charming, fun illustrations that will appeal and inspire.
Starting with Teacher Bunny showing her class a globe and giving her class a classic teaching strategy of completing a sentence, she says, "I love the Earth because . . . "
Then all her students respond with a range of reasons in a series of double-page spreads that bring together aspects of the planet, familiar and not-so.
This would be a wonderful book to share with both parents and children at this time because it is just made for getting our youngest readers to respond with text and illustration, especially when we are trying to strike a balance with screen time. Some might even like to investigate some of the phenomena that are mentioned such as how old the Earth is or why it has so many colours.
It's a great way to differentiate the curriculum as each follows something that fascinates them or has piqued their curiosity.
Another picture book that transcends its target age group and opens up worlds of possibilities.
Barbara Braxton

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