Originally a French title (Quand Nous Aurons Mange La Planete], the cover caught my attention. "What if we ate up the world?"
:: The story
The story, aptly titled, discusses conservation and ecological concerns in a somewhat different manner. It poses questions to the readers on the various situations to provoke them to think deeper.
"What if, we ate up the last apple..."
"What if we were to sell off the last few puffs of fresh air?"
:: What we like about it
For such a big topic, I thought that it would be hard for the children to understand. But the way the book was written was to question and engage the reader into thinking deeper - through inferences made, the 'cause and effect' discussed as well as the "artwork" used.
The artwork for the book is using a collage format where the various scenes were pieced together where children can draw further conclusions from.
Because Dumpling is able to read some simple sentences, I also like that there is no Han Yu Pin Yin. Though it has a big message, the sentences / questions posed were kept short and fairly simple.
:: Extended Activity
Inspiration struck and we then extended it to doing a simple 'booklet' (all of 4 pages, ha!) where Dumpling hunted, tore and cut various pictures from magazines and brochures to form the scenes she wanted to write about.
"What if we were to finish the last drop of water..."
Dumpling understood and you can see from the below how she drew the conclusion of "What if we were to finish the very last fruit (or vegetation for the matter) without replanting them?" She then asked me "What would the animals eat?" And because we found a picture of 2 panda bears, she thought about it and said "熊猫就没有叶子吃了，就会没有熊猫了。。。"
A truly lovely book which can be enjoyed for the younger children as a "read a loud' or to enjoy the illustration but a great title for the K level children to read independently and enjoy the greater message in the title.
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Disclosure: I received a copy of 如果地球被我们吃掉了 for the purpose of the review and to share my experience.