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Mar 23 2020

Our Planet: The one place we all call home by Matt Whyman

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Illus. by Richard Jones. HarperCollins, 2019. ISBN: 9780008180317. 96pp., hbk.
This is the official children's book version of the Netflix documentary series Our Planet. Endorsed by the World Wildlife Foundation and with a foreword by Sir David Attenborough, it is an authoritative exploration of our planet's natural world using both illustrations and photographs from the series itself.
While each habitat is treated separately, nevertheless this is a story of interconnection and hope, so much so that Sir David Attenborough suggests that the children who read it will be "among the next characters who can, if they wish, tell the most extraordinary story of all - how human beings in the twenty-first century came to their senses and started to protect Planet Earth."
So many of our students have access to services like Netflix now and may well have seen the documentaries so this is a great opportunity to explore how film and print can work together.
Barbara Braxton

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