Teacher Earth One Child. One Farm. One Year
By Joanna Rosner, Mariia Andrieieva (illustrator)
…on a Midwest North American dairy farm, a six-year-old child plays outdoors and in and around a grand, oak treehouse. Spending so much time in the outdoors, the child names the great outdoors and everything in it - simply, Earth. In a year, the child learns about Earth through play and a telescope.
The child… plays in the snow... wonders about the outdoors... respects the strong winds... mends corn fields... reuses old wood... harvests fruits from the garden... cares for the oak tree... plays in the fallen leaves...
Eventually, the child grows a friendship with Earth and gives Earth a new name, Teacher Earth. The child shares everything about Teacher Earth with friends.
The story was so fun and unique. I have never read a wordless book before. It gave my kids and I a different way to observe the illustrations. We would look at every little detail to see what the weather was like and what the boy was doing, what was happening to the earth around him. It was a fun game to look at the illustrations and try to find what was different in this scene compared to the previous scene. We could spot the boy planting seeds and eventually they would sprout and then grow as the seasons went on. You pay such attention to the detail on the pages that you really get this amazing sense of how the earth changes as time passes during the year. It was really cool and well done the way the illustrations were the same few scenes but at different times of the year.
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