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Our earth
Rockwell, Anne F.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Diego : Silver Whistle/Harcourt Brace, [1998]

Physical Description:
23 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
A simple introduction to geography which explains such things as how the earth was shaped, how islands are born from volcanoes, and how gushing springs affect rivers.
Reading Level:
580 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.8 0.5 51319.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.1 1 Quiz: 28102 Guided reading level: L.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
G133 .R63 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
G133 .R63 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
G133 .R63 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area
G133 .R63 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
G133 .R63 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
G133 .R63 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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From frozen polar ice caps to steamy tropical rain forests, the earth is home to all kinds of plants and animals. Earth has steep mountains, green valleys, rushing rivers, and deep canyons. It has dark caves, sandy deserts, and brilliant coral reefs. Gentle, rhythmic text introduces earth science concepts, while bright illustrations transport readers to exotic natural habitats.

Author Notes

Anne Rockwell was born in Memphis, Tennessee on February 8, 1934. She moved to New York City at the age of 18 and found a job doing typing work for a textbook publisher. She studied at Pratt Graphic Arts Center and at the Sculpture Center.

She became an author and illustrator. Her first children's book, Paul and Arthur Search for the Egg, was published in 1964. Her other books included Boats, Fire Engines, Things That Go, Our Earth, and Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth. She collaborated on several books with her husband Harlow Rockwell including Sally's Caterpillar and The Toolbox. After her husband's death, she collaborated with her daughter Lizzy Rockwell. Their books included Career Day and Zoo Day. She died of natural causes on April 10, 2018 at the age of 85.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-6. Rockwell takes on an ambitious project as she introduces the earth to young children. Although the illustrations succeed in suggesting the variety of physical features and landscapes on the earth, the text is a mundane accompaniment. The subject is so large and complex that writers attempting to express it in a picture book must chart a course between two hazards: telling too much and losing the audience, or telling too little and sounding simplistic. Rockwell veers toward the latter, and the result is a sentence like this: "Some islands are coral reefs that grow and grow until they poke above the water, and birds bring seeds to them." Children who have no idea what coral is, how or why birds bring seeds to the coral, or what seeds have to do with making an island will need further interpretation. However, the watercolor-and-gouache illustrations are very accessible. The pictures should provoke questions; parents and teachers can use the answers to provide kids with more information. Useful for many library collections. Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

PreS-The statement "Our earth is where I live" appears under a picture of a suburban home with dandelions on the lawn. On the opposite page, a picture of the planet is labeled, "It is a big, round globe." So begins this first look at the development of the earth and its geographic components. Simple sentences state very basic information about the North and South Poles, how an island is born, the path water takes to the sea, hot deserts, damp caves, high mountains, and tropical forests. Grasslands are not included. The watercolor-and-gouache illustrations are colorful, in Rockwell's typical flat, uncomplicated style. The pictures extend the text with appropriate details-an ocean teeming with brightly colored coral and fish, a tranquil cow pasture with rock walls and a red barn, lizards in the desert, and bats in a cave. After such an introduction, preschoolers can move on to Jack Knowlton's Geography from A to Z (Crowell, 1988).-Martha Gordon, formerly at South Salem Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.