Tuesday 28 December 2021

The ABC Kids' Guide to Loving the Planet

The ABC Kids' Guide to Loving the Planet by Jaclyn Crupi, illustrated by Cheryl Orsini (ABC Books) HB RRP $19.99 ISBN: 9780733341045

Reviewed by Dannielle Viera

‘Our planet is precious. It’s where we live, learn, work and play.’ With these simple words, the reader is sent on a fascinating journey through the wonders of nature. This thought-provoking non-fiction picture book highlights all the ways children can make a positive contribution to their world, from growing a garden and creating a native habitat to treading gently and cleaning up the environment.

Jaclyn Crupi’s bite-sized pieces of text are easy for school-aged kids to read and digest. She uses a light and friendly tone and ensures that the information is both interesting and relevant to her audience. To reinforce the knowledge, every spread includes an enjoyable hands-on activity that is suitable for youngsters.

Cheryl Orsini’s colourful and dynamic images draw little eyes across the wide pages and bring to life the concepts discussed in the text. There is a subtle nod to multiculturalism in the range of characters, with plenty of smiles on the young protagonists’ faces as they eagerly engage in the wealth of planet-loving projects.

Ideal for youngsters who are starting to appreciate the world around them, The ABC Kids Guide to Loving the Planet is brimming with accessible information and enthralling things to try. It reveals that even the smallest person can make a difference when they care about the Earth.

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