cover image The Planet We Call Home

The Planet We Call Home

Aimee Isaac, illus. by Jaime Kim. Philomel, $18.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-593-35136-9

Euphonious verse celebrates Earth as it builds to a kid-centric vision of stewardship in this comforting eco-read. Each new line introduces a place-based subject, with waterways playing a primary role. There’s a stream “that swells when the sun/ warms up the mountains”; a “river, meandering by”; a “bay, bubbling with life”; and an “ocean, vast as can be.” Though human figures appear throughout, only the concluding stanzas center people in the text, reframing all that’s come before through the lens of “the children, who cherish the Earth.” Kim’s illustrations employ watercolor, crayons, and digital tools to create soft, light-infused scenes of the natural world. Throughout, kids of varied skin tones play and interact, in one scene holding a sign aloft: “Save the Earth.” The effect is a pristine portrait of ways to inhabit “the planet we call home.” Back matter includes actionable suggestions for reducing pollution. Ages 4–8. (Mar.)