My long-time blog readers will recognize the author and illustrator of A PLANET like OURS. I have reviewed other books by author Frank Murphy that are illustrated by Kayla Harren and published by Sleeping Bear Press: A Boy like You, A Girl like You, A Friend like You, and A Teacher like You. Like those other four books, A Planet like Ours includes curriculum-rich content that preK-first grade teachers can use in their classrooms. It is co-written with Charnaie Gordon. Here are some sample illustrations and quotes from the text.
We need a planet like ours
to nourish us, protect us, and give us life.
A place to call home.
Our planet. Our Earth.
That is one of the opening pages which succinctly states the theme of this informational picture book: respect our planet. The following pages mention six different resources which we must protect.
It helps grow our food.
Pollution and chemicals can ruin our soil and our groundwater.
Let's protect our soil
Without water there would be no plants... no animals...no people!
So we must take care of lakes, rivers, and streams.
I loved this illustration of a child fishing the litter out of the water--what a great message and perspective.
ALL LIVING THINGS
Taking care of creatures means taking care of their
habitats. Let's protect all living things.
Our trees help keep the atmosphere cool.
They grow branches that grow leaves that give us shade.
Earth's atmosphere needs clean air.Pollution comes from factories and energy power plants.
Our cities, towns, and neighborhoods.
We build communities, together.
We learn new things, together.