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This is the Earth

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This is the Earth
by Diane Z. Shore (Author), Jessica Alexander (Author) and Wendell Minor (Illustrator)

Booktalk: The BIG Picture

Explore hundreds of years of changing landscapes and the positive and negative impacts humans have had on the environment. Just in time for Earth Day, this book shows young readers that even the smallest actions can help save the world.

#kidlit Writing Lesson: the small details

After showing the many negative environmental changes made by humans over hundreds of years, the book reaches a crisis moment for our Earth:

This is the Earth, polluted by greed,
as we take what we want, which is more than we need,
where bulldozing trucks clear the rainforest floor
and sands wash away from the vanishing shore,

The first two lines of this stanza state the problem in a couplet (two lines that rhyme):

This is the Earth, polluted by greed,
as we take what we want, which is more than we need,

The next couplet in the stanza shows new ways that humans are changing the environment:

where bulldozing trucks clear the rainforest floor
and sands wash away from the vanishing shore,

Thankfully, two pages later the solution to this problem shows specific actions that even a small child can do. Here is the first one:

These are the bins
where the bottles and cans
and the papers await
the recycling vans.

Happy Earth Day!

It’s STEM Friday! (STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)

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Author: Anastasia Suen

From her studio in Northern California, developmental editor Anastasia Suen reads, writes, and edits books for creators of all ages.

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