⭐️⭐️⭐️ Hello, Earth! Poems to our Planet Written by Joyce Sidman and Illustrated by Miren Asiain Lora [with teaching ideas]

Publication Date: February 9, 2021 | Grade Levels: 1-2

If you’re looking for a book that combines science and poetry, you will truly enjoy Hello, Earth! Poems to our Planet, a new book written by Joyce Sidman and illustrated by Miren Asiain Lora!

Quick Summary. In a series of Sidman’s poems and Lora’s watercolor and acrylic paintings, readers are introduced to a narrative voice that asks questions of the Earth and gain insight into Earth’s wonders.

Critique. A poetic tribute to Earth, Hello, Earth! is a series of unanswered questions to Earth. The questions and facts shared help convey a since of inquiry and introduce children to myriad science topics. Whereas I appreciated the text’s philosophical nature and worthwhile purpose, I feel younger students may not be able to connect with this aspect of the book as easily. The book’s length might make it a challenging read-aloud.

Teaching Ideas. Here are some teaching ideas for Hello, Earth! Poems to our Planet:

  • Pair the book with We Are Water Protectors to inspire a conversation about the interconnectedness of Earth’s inhabitants.
  • Create a text set with Hello, Earth! and The Earth: One-of-a-Kind Planet to help students learn about Earth facts.
  • Invite students to learn more about one of the topics introduced in the text and then to share their knowledge in a poem.

A good book that combines science and poetry, Hello, Earth! Poems to our Planet earns three stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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