A Planet Like Ours

Sleeping Bear. Aug. 2022. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781534111530.
K-Gr 2–This simple ode to the planet emphasizes its beauty and natural resources and the responsibility of the youngest generation to care for it in the future. Beginning by noting how our planet is particularly unique, the authors cover different features of Earth that are in danger of being destroyed: water, soil, trees, animals, etc. They write in the third person (“Our trees,” “Let’s protect our air,”) to develop a sense of collective responsibility. A refrain familiar from John Lewis appears on most pages: “If not us, then who?” However, other than the statement that “we don’t always take care of our planet,” the cause of destruction is not placed on any group or entity. Likewise, the illustrations focus on the majesty of the earth, presenting digital depictions of the planet’s striking beauty, along with fewer of its ongoing devastation. A group of children diverse in race and ability move through the pages on spreads and vignettes of landscapes and seascapes. The book finishes with an authors’ note and an activity list, featuring basic conservationist suggestions such as replacing paper towels with cloth and turning the water off while brushing one’s teeth.
VERDICT A passionate love letter to Earth and a plea for environmental protection; light on actual steps, it’s an important starting point and introduction to the topic.

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing