Today I’m excited to welcome you to my stop on the blog tour for What A Wonderful World, a brilliant and inspiring children’s non-fiction book celebrating the planet we live on and showing us how we can make it better. 🙂 This book is so good and you can check out my thoughts about it below, but I just want to say a quick thank you to Molly and the publisher for a copy of the book and chance to be on this tour. There’s a chance to win a copy of this book too so keep scrolling after you’ve read my review for your chance to win! 😀
Title: What A Wonderful World
Author: Leisa Stewart-Sharpe
Illustrator: Lydia Hill
Publisher: Templar Books
Genre: Children’s non-fiction
Book format: Hardback
Description: OUR WORLD IS WONDERFUL AND IT’S WORTH PROTECTING
Take a breathtaking tour of our planet – from towering mountaintops, through jungles and deserts, and into the blue ocean – to discover the incredible variety of life that calls it home. Along the way, read the stories of 35 Earth Shakers who are standing up for nature.
With practical tips and handy resources on how you can help protect the planet, What A Wonderful World is sure to inspire budding young Earth Shakers everywhere.
*Free copy provided by publisher for review…
Review: This is such an interesting and inspiring book for any children who care about the environment. ‘What a Wonderful World’ is a large book, between A4 and A3 in size, and has a lovely matt finished hardback cover and some thick matt pages inside filled with so many beautiful illustrations and text. The book focuses on the natural world and environment and how children can make a difference and become Earth Shakers, people who help make a difference to the planet.
I really enjoyed reading this book and love how engaging it is from the first pages. The book begins by explaining how great the Earth is and how humans have, unfortunately, managed to damage the world and bring about possible mass extinction. Despite sounding worrying at first, the book focuses on the positives and shows children how it’s not too late to save the planet and all of the different species that live on it. There are different areas of the world explained, such as the mountains, deserts, temperate forests, etc. And these double pages are just so wonderful to look at with so much detail to see in each page. I love how the animals and natural world is shown and all of the interesting facts about the areas including what sort of animals live there.
Other pages are about certain people who are called Earth Shakers, people who have dedicated themselves to doing something good for the environment and planet such as a woman who sat in a tree to save it (and others) from being cut down, two friends who began a hedgehog ‘hogspital’ and help to release hedgehogs into the wild who have been injured or orphaned, children who are helping to save bees and even Greta Thunberg is included as one of the many Earth Shakers in this book. I had heard about a few of these people but was surprised by just how many different and interesting people there are out there and the different ways in which they are all helping to save animals and protect the environment. Each page is written in such an interesting way with just enough information to inform kids without huge blocks of text which can sometimes be daunting for some to read. I love all the ways that people have gone to make a difference to our planet and how this book and their stories really do make you feel inspired to do something yourself, which I’m sure many children reading this also feel too.
Throughout the book there are some great tips for being green which are quite easy and simple and which can make children feel like they are making a difference. These things include simple ideas like having a shorter shower or even writing to local businesses to encourage them to go green. I like how simple these tips are and how anyone can do them. As well as these small tips throughout certain pages, there are ideas at the end of the book on things that all kids and their families can start doing to help save the planet and make their carbon footprint smaller. There is also a glossary in case children are unaware of some of the words and names for things like the UN.
The illustrations throughout this are just so wonderful to look at. I love how colourful each page is and how engaging it is to read this book. Pieces of text are in small chunks with some great illustrations of both people and animals as well as the natural environment. I love how detailed some of the pictures are, especially ones about the different parts of the planet like the forests and deserts. These double pages have so many things to look out and I know that some children will love to look at this book again and again for the pictures alone (I would have as a child!). Everything about the illustrations is so engaging and fun and I love how everyone looks.
Although the book carries a serious message it’s done in a really great and interesting way and I love the idea of Earth Shaker s and how children can become one if they want to. I love how this book explains everything about the world and climate change but puts the message in a positive way, showing children that they can make a difference and that it isn’t too late. There are lots of interesting facts about the planet and I’m now keen to find out more about the different people and organisations mentioned in the book (which is easy as there are some links to websites at the end of the book). This is definitely a book that will make children interested in the environment and saving the planet and because of its size and the way it looks and is illustrated, it’s just a really brilliant and fun read too and one I’d recommend.
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About the Author
Leisa Stewart-Sharpe is a reader, writer and all-round word lover. A trained journalist turned children’s book author, Leisa writes stunning non-fiction narratives and quirky picture books. Her Australian childhood has inspired her love for the natural world – and the stories of its strange and wonderful creatures.
Lydia Hill is an illustrator based in Sheffield, England. She graduated from Middlesex University in 2019 with a First Class Degree in Illustration. Her clients include Wide Eyed Editions/Quarto Publishing, SkyTv and The RAF. Lydia’s work aims to inject fun into everyday life by focusing on diverse and quirky characters in colourful natural scenes, and hopes to connect young readers to stories that inspire them to cherish the natural world.
With thanks to the publisher I’m able to giveaway one copy of What A Wonderful World to help inspire any budding Earth Shakers out there. 🙂 This giveaway is open to UK residents only and will run until the end of Sunday 12th September 2021 BST. All you have to do to enter the giveaway on this blog is to comment with any 🌍 emoji or just type in the words ‘What A Wonderful World’. (If you win via the blog you’ll need to provide an email address if you win so we can arrange delivery.) And for extra entries (up to 4 more!) see my twitter and Instagram pages too. 🙂 Full T&Cs can be read here.
I hope you have enjoyed my stop on the blog tour for this brilliant book! Please do enter the giveaway if you’d like and do check out the other stops on the tour. 🙂
What do you think of this book? Do you like books that focus on environment and conservation and how to help? Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂