My friends who are picture book writers, parents, grandparents, or teachers will LOVE Our World: A First Book of Geography, As I said in an email to the author, Sue Lowell Gallion, it is one of those books that you read and say to yourself, "Why didn't I think of that?" And then you have to go buy it for a young reader in your life.
Our World begins with,
Many places to explore,
From mountain peaks to ocean floor.
Look around you, step outside . . .
Find forests tall
And grasslands wide.
The poem continues by mentioning jungles, deserts, polar caps, bodies of water, mountains, etc.
On the opposite page from each poem, there is a brief exposition of the natural wonders that are vividly depicted.
This page describes the rivers, lakes, and oceans. The text reads:
High in the mountains, snow melts and flows downstream to form rivers. Other rivers begin as underground springs or lakes. Rivers flow into oceans. Did you know that most of our planet is covered in oceans? Fish, coral, and other animals thrive in shallow waters. Some creatures also live in the cold, black ocean depths. In some places, the ocean is deeper than the tallest mountains on Earth!
One of the pages shows the whole world. The poem reads,
Continents large, islands small,
Salty seas surrounding all.
The second to the last page shows a view of earth from outer space as an astronaut might see it. The exposition reads, "The light and warmth from the sun is what makes life on Earth possible for plants, animals, and humans too." The poem reads,
Our blue planet,
Warmed by sun:
The reader turns to the last page and finds a sweet illustration with this simple, yet poignant text:
Because of the way in which the book is constructed, toddlers will enjoy flipping the pages and seeing how the magnets make the globe stick together. Pre-readers will enjoy rhythmic poetry. The text is informative for second through fourth graders, which makes the book a great preschool and elementary school resource when studying geography and ecosystems.
You'll find an activity guide here and a hands-on activity guide to make an inflatable globe here.
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