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Earth Verse

Earth Verse
Written by Sally M. Walke
Illustrated by William Grill
Walker¬†¬† £15.00
ISBN: 978-1406376494

Subtitled Explore our Planet through Poetry and Art, this unusual picture book follows the evolution of the earth with lyrical haikus and haunting illustrations in fierce reds and the icy colours of snow and cold. The blue and white earth is set in context in the galaxy followed by the succinct, beautiful and rhythmic descriptions of the "molten magma stew bubbles out of its hot pot." We learn of fossils in petrified forests, a "seafloor tug-of war", tsunamis and a "hot headed mountain" before moving on to the natural world of mountain streams, fish and gulls, icebergs and stalactites. It is a wonderful celebration of the mysteries of our planet for scientists and poetry lovers alike and includes useful explanations. (7+)
Louise Stothard



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