Overview, Young Explorer’s Edition: A New Way of Seeing Earth
Benjamin Grant and Sandra Markle. Crown, $24.99 (160p) ISBN 978-1-9848-3202-3
Invoking the spirit of Earthrise, astronaut Bill Anders’s epoch-marking photo of Earth from space, Grant’s collection of breathtaking satellite photos offers a mind-altering shift in perspective adapted for young readers. Grouped by theme, the first section, “An Amazing Earth,” focuses on the Earth’s wonders, and the second, “An Amazing Earth and Us,” reveals the dramatic impacts of human life on the planet. The crisp photos mesmerize (the ferocious froth of Niagara Falls) and sober (a patchwork marking relentless rainforest devastation in Brazil). Concise captions explain each image, and reiterate the idea of human responsibility: “With this new perspective comes understanding. I believe that if we come together and use this knowledge thoughtfully, we will create a better future for our one and only home.” Ages 8–12. [em](Oct.) [/em] Correction: A previous version of this review incorrectly listed an illustrator for the title.
Reviewed on: 07/25/2019