cover image This Is the Planet Where I Live

This Is the Planet Where I Live

K.L. Going, illus. by Debra Frasier. Beach Lane, $18.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-4814-6563-2

Starting with the “planet/ where I live” and “the people/ who share the planet/ where I live,” rhyming cumulative first-person lines cycle outward to include flora, fauna, and more for a compelling portrait of ecological interdependencies. Encompassing homes and animals in adjacent fields as well as birds, clouds, insects, and trees, the verse draws connections to the creatures “who live and die/ deep in the oceans/ on which we rely.” Embracing spiral motifs that visualize such connections, Frasier’s collages incorporate boldly colored cut paper and photographs set against flat, vibrant backgrounds. Opening and closing pages present a sunflower-filled sun whose rays consist of marigolds and other florals scattering into space, while the globe envisioned throughout is comprised of multicolored human silhouettes rejoicing as they mingle with the natural world. The result is a lively celebration of interconnected life. Ages 4–8. (Mar.)