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This book is large and it has a lot of pages. It’s sturdy and the matte pages feel very nice. Sophie Blackall is one of my favorite illustrator s and she’s really come up with a great deal for this book!
Colorful, creative, and exploring the ideas we encounter daily here on earth, from simple things like brushing teeth to larger concepts like war
I do wish she hadn’t included an illustration of people killing each other. Beside from tgat it’s gorgeous and provocative.
I love the variety of ethnicities, colors, and ages if the people
How might a child explain the world and everything on it to an alien visitor? Sophie Blackall’s ‘If You Come to Earth’ attempts to explore this question and in doing so not only celebrates the rich uniqueness of humanity but its sense of interconnectedness too. From a tour across the solar system to the surface of the Earth itself; from the different ways we read to the diversify of our lives, Sophie’s double-page spreads delight us with its rich varieties and colours. This is a remarkable achievement in an 80 page extravaganza.
And in case anyone should question Blackall’s intention with regards to ‘just providing a diverse ticklist’, think again. The two-time Caldecott Medal winner, spent years planning, researching, traveling and talking to others to try and get this book right; its origin can be unearthed in her work with Save the Children and UNICEF over the years where she met and worked with children from all over the world. From these meetings and experiences, she wanted to create a book which can show them that they are much connected as they are separate and unique.
After her travels were over and she was back in her study in Brooklyn, Sophie spent weeks with young children in school, asking them about their perceptions of the world and what they might tell a visitor from outer space about it were they to encounter one. Blackall also informs us that every face in the book is based on real people she had encountered on her travels – whether they were sketched from visits to the local market, airports, at a picnic or happen to be public figures: everyone there has a connection to someone very real.
Created with a blend of Chinese ink and watercolour, If You Come to Earth is a celebrated of both the macro and the micro on our planet. From mighty oceans to grains of sand; from a library of books to the raised dot on a page of braille, this book is intricately detailed and invites countless re-readings. It is a celebration of what makes each of us unique whilst managing to find joy in what connects us. A delightful book to share with others.
I randomly came across this book at my library and loved it so much, I had to buy it for a friend’s new baby. Wonderful story about our shared experience as humans on earth, with wonderful illustrations and talking points for children as they age.
we accidentally came across this after reading sophie's lighthouse book. there is just something so deep and beautiful about the pics and the words. fulfilling for adults, and also deeply engaging for children. my daughter loves to look at the details in the pics--especially where there are many faces or many anythings--and have us talk about each one. we ask her to interpret the faces or objects. she's at that age i guess (3.5). after reading this on tablet, we bit the bullet and paid $16 for the hardcover. after it arrived and we read it yet again, i felt justified this was worth every penny and more.
There are lots of wonderfully illustrated books that people buy for children. Often the pictures are far more interesting than the text, and for certain little ones, the lack of a good match between text and illustration just doesn't hold interest. This book has everything and I absolutely love it, as does my granddaughter, who just turned 5. The illustrations are lovely, so warm, inclusive, and somehow generous. The text is a simple guide to life on earth in case you might need it.It is a delight to read, and to look at, and there is SO much to talk about as we read. So much to see, identify, locate, relate to, and consider. We love this book and I'm grateful it was written.