Book Title: This Is The Earth by Deedee Cummings/illustrated by Charlene Mosley
Category: Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7), 32 pages
Genre: Children/ Holiday
Publisher: Make A Way Media
Release date: April 2019
Format available for review: print (USA and Canada), ebook (PDF)
Tour dates: Oct 12 to Dec 4, 2020
Content Rating: G. Children's Holiday Book.
A recent Purple Dragonfly Award First Place winner, Cummings uses bold and bright illustrations in This is the Earth to share a message of peace, love, respect, compassion, inclusion. Published in early 2019, the book’s message bears repeating: peace is meant for all of us and it is everyone’s responsibility to care for each other like the united family that we really are. This exceptional and timely book shares the reality that we are all sharing this world that we call home instead of acting as though each continent, each, country, and each neighborhood is like a completely different planet. Within the pages of This is the Earth, readers will discover thought and conversation-invoking concepts on issues and struggles that has our world at odds with each other. Kids and adults will love the lyrical message and thoughtful artwork that reinforces the fact that every human being is our neighbor on Planet Earth; a place also known as Home.
Deirdre “Deedee” Cummings believes literacy is a fundamental human right. She is the founder of Make A Way Media, It Pays to Read & the Louisville Book Festival, as well as, an attorney, therapist, and CEO of Abi Behavioral Health in Louisville, Kentucky. Abi is an intensive therapy agency that works to prevent the placement of children in out of home care, such as foster care, hospitalization, and incarceration. Deedee attended Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, one of only two all-female Historically Black Colleges in the country. After graduating from Bennett, she earned a master’s degree and a law degree from the University of Louisville. All of her writing focuses on sharing inspiring messages that remind us all it is never too late to begin again. Deedee encourages the children she works with to write as a way to process emotions, document their journey, and express themselves more clearly. In addition to presenting on multiple topics around the country, Deedee donates hundreds of books and volunteer hours every year to families, children, churches and the local school system. She is excited to announce the launch of her tenth children’s book, This is the Earth. The inspiration for this book came from overwhelming negative media coverage about race relations in our country and across the world. This is the Earth is a book about peace, respect, and diversity inclusion: a message that must be heard and repeated often. She and her husband Anthony live in Louisville with their three children Kayla (an actress in New York), Anthony (a college student and athlete), and Nick (in elementary school).
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This is a well written and beautifully illustrated children's book. I read this with my 9 and 7 year olds and they enjoyed it very much. There is so much disagreement and hate right now in the world - that this book should be read by everyone. The author has done a great job showing that everyone is different. We may not think alike, act the same or do the same things - and that is OK. It shows that there are difference all through out the world - but it is our job to live peacefully.
I especially loved the discussion questions in the back. It really made the boys think and answer thoughtfully.
I received a copy of this book through the Iread blogging program -- all thoughts are my own.
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