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The EARTH Book

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  597 ratings  ·  86 reviews
"I take care of the earth because I know I can do little things every day to make a BIG difference..."

With his signature blend of playfulness and sensitiviy, Todd Parr explores the important, timely subject of environmental protection and conservation in this eco-friendly picture book. Featuing a circular die-cut Earth on the cover, and printed entirely with recycled mater
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 17th 2010 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published 2010)
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A great book to read for Earth Day. This beginning book explains how we can better live in harmony with the Earth and take care of the planet so it will take care of us. At the end he gives 10 easy things we can all do to help the Earth stay cleaner for future generations. #10 is funny - “Put my underwear in the freezer when it’s hot” I was like, really.

The kids are both too big for this story now, so I read it for me. It uses Todd Parr’s color and style. You can’t miss a Todd Parr book. I thin
Greg Marra
Sep 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
If Todd ever revises The Earth Book, I think he should make significant changes. As written, it problematically focuses on individual actions unlikely to make a significant dent in the climate crisis. This is a collective action problem problem, and even at the individual level, there are much more impactful actions individuals can take beyond "turning the lights off".

Should add pages focused on: writing to your elected officials because we aren't going to solve climate change through individual
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I experienced this book in its audio version. It’s a creative and engaging resource to inform young children about what they can do to take care of the Earth. The sentences are simple and include activities that many children could relate to. I especially like that the author connects these activities with a reason to do them ”I turn off the water while I brush my teeth because I love fish and I want the oceans to stay blue.” The potential use for this book is awesome. It clearly can prompt disc ...more
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, earth-day
My class enjoyed this book. They were excited by the title before I even began reading the story.
The language is very simple and easy to understand for young minds. It gives many ideas of how to help our environment.
Apr 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Earth Day storytime
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nature, children-s
Great book to show kids how to take care of the earth. Simple language and illustration that the kids would like.
Nov 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Bright, high contrast colors combine with Todd Parr’s distinctive thick, bold lines and naïve illustration style to add visual interest to this environmentally conscious book. Printed with recycled materials and nontoxic soy inks, Parr’s Earth Book would be an excellent choice for sharing with children on Earth Day, or as a basic introduction to the importance of recycling and caring for the environment any day. Todd Parr’s world is super-friendly and fun—populated with the happy, smiling faces ...more
Joanna Marple
Oct 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Tod Parr’s The Earth Book , looks like it has been illustrated by kids, in a professional kind of way! Love the fact that the two children holding up the earth on the front cover are wearing odd shoes.

It is a colorful, simple, very kid-friendly and persuasive look at the reasons we look after the planet. We love trees because we “want the owls to have a place to live” is a compelling example. Some of the extrapolation, however, may be a little understated for the younger reader, for example, sh
Scout Collins
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents and kids
Shelves: books-for-kids
4.5 stars

First of all, it's good there's a book written about this subject for kids in the first place. I had no complaints for most of it; it is written for a young, young audience (like 4-7 year olds) so the author talks about the effects of caring about the environment in a very simplified way, which is good.

Todd Parr's style is cute, colourful and effective. I read his books/watched ToddWorld as a kid, so I already knew that part of the book would be 👍

At the end it says when it's hot you can
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Love the easy to understand little things we all can do - that can add up to make a big difference in taking care of the Earth. Love Todd Parr!
Mar 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is an awesome book to read with young children about the Earth! It gives concrete examples of how we can be careful in our homes and schools to save energy. It also has a bunch of cause and effect pieces, explaining how if we turn down the furnace, we can save energy and put on a sweater to stay warm instead. I thought this was a beautiful book to share with children and give them a clear idea of how we can save energy. It also has a fold out poster in the back pages which has a numbered li ...more
Lauren Owens
This book is a perfect book to elaborate on ways to protect the environment. After having discussed the concept of why Earth needs to be treated with kindness, the students can use this book to illustrate how they will contribute to making the Earth a beautiful place now and in the future. The EARTH Book touches on many controversies going on world wide such as global warming and air pollution. After reading this story, it would be appropriate to inform the students of such controversies and exp ...more
Apr 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: storytime-reads
This book is a great book to teach toddlers about Earth Day and taking care of the Earth. It uses simple text and bright child-like drawings to talk about all the big and little things that kids can do to help make a big difference in protecting the environment. It does it in positive terms that even young kids can relate to. An example, "I use both sides of the paper and bring my own bags to the market because.......I love trees and I want the owls to have a place to live." The people and anima ...more
Marte Haugen
Apr 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
The EARTH Book is a very typical Todd Parr book. Through a simple language and colorful pictures he describes what young children can do to help the environment. Parr gives a lot of concrete examples on how to reduce waste and recycle, and at the end there is a poster to recap the message and inspire children and their families to remember to take care of the environment. Even though he sticks to the theme throughout the book I feel like some of the message gets a little lost behind the nice, co ...more
Sheila Moran
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
For years, I have been trying to teach my kids how to take care of the Earth. On walks, we pick up any trash we see along the way; when brushing teeth, I try to get my girls to not leave the water running; and when throwing things away, my girls ask me, "Is this for the recycle?" But all these things have been a struggle to get them to do. I am so thankful for this book, because it drilled home all these lessons and more. Now, when we brush our teeth, my girls turn off the water and say "We don' ...more
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Concrete ideas for small things kid can do to help the environment and conservation. The colorful illustration and additions of humor make it a very approachable way to start this conversation. As of now, my 6-year old is convinced the the funniest line ever written in literature is from this book, in one of Parr’s list of 10 ways kids can help the earth: “Put my underwear in the freezer when it’s hot.” He laughs so hard telling people about it that it’s impossible to understand what he’s saying ...more
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: environmental
I read this to Ben without having looked through it before. I had to explain every other page. The book assumes you know the connection between specific conservation efforts and trees/animals/global warming/etc. It's fine, but a little over the head of the kind of little person who would read it. Also I don't want my kids feeling guilty and thinking a polar bear will die every time they turn on a light or something. It's a bit pushy for my taste. ...more
Lisa Bonack
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love Todd Parr's books and this is right at the top. For every two-page spread giving ideas of what to do to help the Earth, a second two-page spread explains how those actions help. It's told in simple language that's fun to read. All of Todd Parr's illustrations feature people of all different colors (as in orange, yellow, and blue). There is even a boy in a wheelchair. This book wins for its eco-friendliness and it's diversity. Highly recommended! ...more
Mar 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: humane-education
Very simple environmental/conservation messages are offered (shut the refrigerator door, don't litter) to a youthful audience.

The illustrations are atrocious, but the message is good. Read this one to very young children who can absorb the very simple environmental tips without being distracted by the scribbling that passes for artwork.
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this book!, and all of Todd Parr's books that I have read. I love his simple, bright, colorful illustrations and the simple yet filled with meaning and importance text. In this book, he explains that we should recycle, use public transportation, use less water etc... because we want the world to be a wonderful place for everyone. ...more
Brittany Houston
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: environment
The Earth book introduces students to the concepts of "reduce, reuse, recycle" and ways to protect the Earth. Teachers can use this book to empower students to think critically and protect the Earth in their own daily activities. ...more
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
A picture book introduction to everyday ecology. Parr's vibrant artwork and first-person narration work well to demonstrate that together we can all make a difference. An especially nice touch is the fact that the book is printed with recycled materials and nontoxic soy inks. ...more
Chance Lee
Nov 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-it
Cute book about being a good global citizen, but perpetuates the myth that we, as individuals can do anything to help the earth when it's corporate pollution that will kill us all and recycling your own plastic bottles ain't gonna do a thing. ...more
Feb 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Simple reasons why we should reduce and reuse. Illustrations weren't my thing. Also, I agree that you should only cook food you're going to eat and not make/eat too much, but food is a hot button issue with my daughter, so the book loses some appeal for that. ...more
Ashlin Edmisten
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens, zz2017
This is a really cute, informative book about how we can all make a difference in small ways. I think it's important to teach these lessons to kids early and often. :) Save the planet, kids. ...more
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book to introduce kids to what they can do to help make the earth a better place environmentally. Positive book.
Richelle Rininger
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great book for storytime to help the kids understand in a simple way how important the earth is.
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Such bright and bold pictures. Perfect to catch the attention of the little ones. Love the way this book explains all the ways we can make our home on Earth better.
Kristen McBee
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Easy, small behaviors from us lead to large benefits for the earth and its inhabitants. Good stuff!
Jun 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
Cute for toddlers but not for me. It reminds me of MS paint and environmental lessons which isn't actually a bad thing but not deep enough of a book for an adult like me. Read to 4 year old niece. ...more
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