With the current crises that society is going through particularly with school closures, Dear Earth offers an opportunity for children to celebrate our planet, learn about Habitats and practice their writing skills to be like Tessa and write our own letters of love to our planet.
With recent tales of reduced Nitrogen emissions, satellite images of smog free skies and clear water (thanks to settled silt) in the Venician canals a book like Dear Earth is a beautiful accompaniment and bringer of hope to the tales of increased polar temperatures, wildly raging bushfires and flooding that have dominated news in recent months.
In Dear Earth Tessa writes a letter to our planet and gets carried across the wonders of this earth by her imagination. However her imagination still is realistic and draws attention to the problems that Earth faces because of human choices causing climate crisis.
This is such a beautiful book, the illustrations are absolutely stunning, so immersive you want to just dive in. It’s also got a beautiful sentiment, a call to remember and cherish the wonders of our Earth.
But it’s not preachy, it achieves the balance of being educational and inspiring whilst being challenging enough to provoke reaction and change and avoid being sanctimonious which is a wonderful -and purposeful thing.
In the back there are further hints and information to inform and cause action and attitude changes and promote grass roots action for younger children to understand and be enthusiastic about good stewardship of the Earth.
Highly recommended for children whether just to enjoy the stories or to inspire creative writing or environmentalist activities such as writing their own letters.
Dear Earth by Isabel Otter and Clara Anganuzzi is published by Little Tiger Press
Thank you for my copy 💜