Wednesday, March 13, 2019

You Are Never Alone - Children's Book Review and Giveaway


Book Overview:

April 15, 2019
Hardcover
32 Pages
Ages 4+

From the creators of You Are Stardust and Wild Ideas comes a new picture book that explores how humans are inextricably connected to nature. This book draws examples from the clouds and the cosmos, the seafloor and the surface of our skin, to show how we are never alone: we are always surrounded and supported by nature. Whether it’s gravity holding us tight; our lungs breathing oxygen synthesized by plants; the countless microorganisms that build our immunity; or the whales whose waste fertilizes the plankton that feed the fish we eat: nature touches every aspect of how we live.

Using lyrical text grounded in current science alongside detailed diorama art, this informational picture book presents the idea that we thrive through connections to the land and sea and sky, and togetherness is key to nature. It encourages inquiry-based learning, inviting readers to wonder, ask questions, observe the natural world, and engage with big ideas. An author’s note at the end offers more insight into the research behind the text.

About the Author & Illustrator

ELIN KELSEY, PhD, is an award-winning author and a leading spokesperson for hope and the environment. In 2014, she co-created #OceanOptimism, a Twitter campaign to crowd-source and share ocean conservation successes which has reached 90 million users to date. She frequently works on projects with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Stanford University and the University of Victoria and is passionate about engaging kids in hopeful, science-based, environmental solutions.

SOYEON KIM is a Toronto-based, Korean-born artist who specializes in fine sketching and painting techniques to create three-dimensional dioramas. She is a graduate of the Visual Arts and Education programs at York University.


My Review:

With whimsical illustrations of children interacting with nature, You Are Never Alone describes how the planet showers us with gifts.  To demonstrate these points, readers learn many interesting facts about nature.  For instance, ocean algae thicken the ice cream you lick and armies of microorganisms snuggle against your skin, keeping germs at bay.

A 'Note from the Author' explains the reasoning for this book is that she wants children to know that there's power and resilience in the ecosystems all over the planet.  This book is a nudge for children to open their eyes to the wonders of the beauty that surrounds them.

Earth Day falls on April 22nd of this year, and You Are Never Alone is a marvelous book to put a positive spin on the vast greatness of our Earth.  Discussions can be made about science, biology, and ecosystems.

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31 comments:

Dolores Miranda said...

I love celebrating Earth Day with the kids!

aperry said...

Earth Day celebration should be a daily practice. We will be planting a flower garden.

marjorie takala said...

Great illustrations! Thanks.
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lildevilgirl22 said...

I talk to my kids about earth day

Unknown said...

We don't celebrate Earth Day per se, but we try to practice taking care of the world in small ways every day.

SueZH said...

I don't celebrate Earth Day but I try to take care of my small portion of the earth everyday.

Maryann D. said...

I do not celebrate Earth Day but I do try my best everyday to take care of our earth.
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Ken Ohl said...

We do not celebrate Earth Day

Edye Nicole said...

Yes, we do :)

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Jan Lee said...

Ni I don't celebrate Earth Day.

Rachel Browning said...

We live to celebrate Earth day

LeAnn Harbert said...

No we don't celebrate on that day.

Laura said...

No, we've actually never celebrated Earth Day.

Rita M said...

No celebration... just everyday practices - recycling, using stainless steel straws, whatever small things we can do to help the planet.

susan1215 said...

No we don't celebrate Earth Day.

o Zuniga said...

No we don't celebrate

Tammy Evans said...

Of course I do! NYC does a car-free Saturday for Earth Day and I work the event.

Marilyn said...

Yes, we plant trees that we order from the Conservation District each year.

Donna C. said...

we do celebrate earth day.

alissa apel said...

We do celebrate it. My husband was part of a booth last year. He did a carving demo on a tree stump.

Sandy Klocinski said...

I do not celebrate Earth Day

kelly grant said...

We celebrated Earth Day back when I was a teenage in school. But now that I'm older I really don't.

Pam said...

When the kids were in school we did, but haven't recently. Maybe the grandchildren will change that!!

Kristen said...

I do not do anything in particular to celebrate Earth Day.

Leela said...

No, we don't.

wen budro said...

The kids celebrate Earth Day at school.

Julie Waldron said...

No, we don't celebrate Earth Day.

Donna B. said...

I sometimes do a little something special on Earth Day.

latanya t said...

no, we do not

Karen Propes said...

Yes, we celebrate Earth Day. It's an important day in our home, we make cupcakes and go outside and walk among the trees. We should celebrate the very thing that was given to us by God, it gives us air to breathe and water to drink. ncjeepster@aol.com

Jennifer T. said...

Most years we make an effort to celebrate Earth Day.