BOOK BLOG: Isabel Otter

Dear Earth: a gorgeous letter to the brilliance of our planet!

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“When Tessa writes a love letter to the Earth, it’s the beginning of a glorious adventure. She blows bubbles with whales, soars with birds and joins in with the noisy rainforest hullabaloo! Tessa wants everyone to know how special our planet is. She believes that there is a chance to save the Earth if enough of us share the message…”

For those of you who have been around a while, you KNOW I am all about the importance of using picture books in classrooms REGARDLESS of the age of the children. I think picture books play such an important role in building empathy, broadening horizons and are just so full of joy that I think there should be a place for them in every classroom. 

For those of you who are new, hi I’m Steph and I love books, but I think picture books are an under utilised tool in some KS2 classrooms.

Enter, Dear Earth.

Dear Earth is a gorgeous picture book which is a letter from a young girl, who wants everyone to know all about how special the planet we live on is and all of the brilliant things that our planet has to offer. As you go through the book, you get to travel through seas, mountains and lush green areas to see all the marvels the world has to offer. This a beautifully written story and I think the illustrations add so much to the story! 

The girl shows us incredible creatures and amazing landscapes across the world. 

This book filled me with so much joy when I read it. I’ll be using it with my bubbles when we get into school because I think this book has such potential with children of all ages. It can open conversations about the world, how we can look after the world and what we love about the planet which we live on! I can’t wait for my Year 6s to think about the importance of the world, what it has to offer and what they would do if they were to go on an adventure over the world! 

I love a book that gives back too! This has brilliant ideas for ways in which children can help and educates them in ways they can find out more about the things that are happening to the planet. Any story that educates and entertains is a sure fire winner for me! 

I absolutely adore this book and I think it has a place in every classroom! 

What are your favourite picture books to use in the classroom?
Can you recommend me a book similar to this?
Do you read many picture books?

Talk to me in the comments – I’d love to know what you think and have some more recommendations… not that I need more books haha! 

S x 

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