Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Our World: A First Book of Geography--A Review and Giveaway

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 is not only a beautifully written and illustrated board book about our world but when folded back it becomes a freestanding globe with a magnetic closure. Excuse the pun, but this is an out-of-this-world concept. The illustrator, Lisk Feng, did an outstanding job of bringing Sue Gallion's words to 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:

A living home for everyone.

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.


Interested in winning this book? I bet you are! Please leave me a comment with your email address (if you are new to my blog). Giveaway ends July 24 at 5 PM! As always, if you share on social media or subscribe to my blog, you receive an extra chance. Just let me know what you do!


Becky Scharnhorst said...

Wow! What an incredible concept! I think kids will want to read this one over and over again. Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

Connie Porter Saunders said...

Oh Carol! You know I have to try for this one. I absolutely love this concept and I've shared on Twitter & Facebook.

Cathy Stefanec Ogren said...

This book is so clever and unique! I love everything about it and kids will, too! I'm sharing this on twitter for the world to see and enjoy! @CathySOgren

Danielle H. said...

You're so correct about wanting to get my hands on this unique and clever book. I've seen it reviewed on other blogs and can't wait to read it for myself. I shared on tumblr:

Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks Becky, Cathy, Danielle, and Connie. I knew y'all would love this too!

Delaney Shae-Ireland said...

What a cool book! I love the concept. How cool!

Delaney Shae-Ireland said...

I love this..what a cool concept! How fun!

Carol Baldwin said...

You're in, Erin!

Unknown said...

Oh, I so want this for my grandson who loves all kinds of maps! He would love it, and I would love sharing it with him. On second thought, might just need to keep it at Gigi's house so all 5 grandchildren could enjoy!

I shared on Facebook.


Jana Leah B said...

I love the shape of this book!
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Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks Gwen and Jana Leah. You're both in!

Barbara Younger said...

That is the neatest shape for a book in the WHOLE WORLD. Pun intended. Would love to win a copy.

Carol Baldwin said...

I figured you would want this book, Barbara!

Grannyjo said...

That is the coolest book ever! Sure to get any child’s interest (or adults!).

Sarah's Book Reflections said...

What a clever idea!

Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks Sarah and Jo Lynn. You're both entered.

Young Authors Program said...

Wow! This is such a creative book. The layout and spreads are beautiful!

Carol Baldwin said...

IT is, Dorothy. You're in!

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