Book Review of Footprints Across the Planet
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The Children’s Book Review
What to Expect: Animals, science, climate change, sustainability, inclusivity
Footprints are such simple things, yet they represent some really complex ideas. They are all basically the same—a mark created by a living creature passing through time and space—and yet they are infinitely varied, from the deep, heavy, round imprints left by an elephant walking through mud, to the tiny, angular scratches left by a bird in the sand, or the tracks left by explorers wading through deep arctic snow. They are about the past and the future and our relationship to the world around us. Paying attention to footprints means paying attention to life.
Footprints Across the Planet takes a seemingly simple idea and uses easy, accessible language and stunning real-world photography to introduce young readers to complex ideas about sustainability, climate change, personal responsibility, and human connectivity. The book begins with animal footprints and progresses to the abstract idea of a footprint as our impact on the planet and the future, inviting readers to see themselves as agents of change—for good or bad.
The photographs take readers on a virtual tour of some of the most stunning environments humans have experienced, from the savannahs to the deep oceans and the moon. They move from expansive landscapes to minute detail, underscoring the message that everything is connected. At the end of the volume, a bank of facts puts the images into context for readers, offering scope for further discussion and exploration.
Footprints Across the Planet is a masterful introduction to the concepts of sustainability and inclusivity that even the youngest readers can understand and enjoy.
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About the Author
Jennifer Swanson is the award-winning author of over 45 books for children. She is also a teacher, podcast host, and STEM/STEAM advocate. When not writing, Jennifer likes to walk on the beach with her husband and her dogs. Her goal is to help people notice the science all around them!
For more information, visit https://jenniferswansonbooks.com/.
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