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Author: Schim Shimmel

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Publisher: NorthWord Press, ©2002

Material: board book

Summary: This book describes the beauty of earth, and emphasizes the importance of protecting its resources. This is a simple presentation of how overuse of our natural resources impacts how the animals live.

Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading

Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 6 to 8

Age of Child: first read at 13 months

Young Reader Reaction: Immediately bored with the book. It very rarely gets pulled from the shelf.

Adult Reader Reaction: Beautiful illustrations (they look like paintings). Not a book that you can easily engage a squirming toddler with.

Pros: The author used simple language, and the animals of all continents are presented.

Cons: The concepts are too sophisticated--even with the simpler vocabulary--for the recommended age group.

Borrow or Buy: If teaching your child about the environment is important, I'd pass on this one and read the version designed for older children (see note).

If You Liked This Book, Try: THE VERY BUSY SPIDER   JUMP, FROG, JUMP!  

Educational Themes: A narrative that encourages the children to protect and love the animals of the earth.

Notes: There is a version that's recommended for the 5 to 8 age group. It may be better.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - science, nature

Date(s) Reviewed: July 2003

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