To Change a Planet by Christina Soontornvat

To Change a Planet

Christina Soontornvat, Author

Rahele Jomepour Bell, Illustrator

Scholastic Press, Nonfiction, Aug. 2,  2022

Suitable for Ages: 4-8

Themes: Earth science, Climate change, Activism, Making a difference

Opening: “Our planet. Big, tough, dependable. Our planet has spun through eons of time. Mere moments ago, we arrived.”

Publisher’s Synopsis:

A clarion call to protect our planet, our only home.

One person. Small, quiet,

insignificant.

But when one person,

and one person,

and one person

become many,

they can change

a planet.

Spare, poetic text and breathtaking pictures invite readers on a stirring journey that gently illuminates the causes of climate change as well as how our individual and collective actions can make the world better.

Meticulously researched and brimming with hope and hands-on solutions that will edify and empower even the youngest readers. To Change a Planet is a loving ode to our only home and vital for every child, classroom, and family.

Why I love To Change a Planet:

To Change a Planet is an extraordinary introductory picture book about climate change and caring for our planet. Christina Soontorvat’s text is short and lyrical, but its powerful message will speak to the hearts of children in a hopeful and meaningful manner. There is so much beauty in this book.  Rahele Jomepour Bell’s eye-popping gouache illustrations are rich in detail and draw readers into the story. Beautiful collaborative work between the author and illustrator.  

I’m impressed with Soontorvat’s research for her informative book. As a result, children of all ages will enjoy this gem. She includes a little bit of earth history and science in her text, as well as a call to action. My favorite books to share are those that encourage children to make a difference in their world. Older children will want to read “More About Climate Change” in the double-spread at the end of the book. This is book is a beautiful addition to your home or school library, as it can be used in so many ways. 

Resources: The best place to start talking about climate change is at home. Use the information in the book to look at how you and your family can conserve energy and become more environmentally-friendly. At school there are many suggestions about getting involved from writing letters to your city council or legislators to talking with with neighbors and participating in marches..   

Christina Soontornvat began this book during a time when she was searching for hope. “As I wrote, I realized that the mechanism behind climate change — many small things coming together to make a big impact — also gives us a framework, for how we can work together to help  our planet. Hope is the first step in problem-solving, and I am hopeful we can change our future for the better.” Christina is a two-time Newbery Award honoree of A Wish in the Dark and All Thirteen, which also won the Kirkus Prize and Sibert Award. A former science educator, she holds a BS in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in science and education. Christina lives in Austin, Texas, with her family. Learn more at her website: http://www.soontornvat.com.

Every Friday, authors and KidLit bloggers post a favorite picture book. To see a complete listing of all the Perfect Picture Books (PPB) with resources, please visit author Susanna Leonard Hill’s website.

*Reviewed from a library copy. 

 

About Patricia Tiltonhttps://childrensbooksheal.wordpress.comI want "Children's Books Heal" to be a resource for parents, grandparents, teachers and school counselors. My goal is to share books on a wide range of topics that have a healing impact on children who are facing challenges in their lives. If you are looking for good books on grief, autism, visual and hearing impairments, special needs, diversity, bullying, military families and social justice issues, you've come to the right place. I also share books that encourage art, imagination and creativity. I am always searching for those special gems to share with you. If you have a suggestion, please let me know.

17 thoughts on “To Change a Planet by Christina Soontornvat

  1. Hi Patricia, I spoke to you before about my children’s Holocaust book.  And thanks to you, I learned about MCBD.  I did submit to them and I’m matched with someone. I know you mentioned you might be interested in reading my book through MCBD but it doesn’t look like we were matched. But I was wondering, if you have the availability, if you are still interested in receiving a PDF of my book for MCBD. I’ve been fortunate to receive two book awards so for The Crystal Beads and I’m happy to be doing both local and national presentations, focusing on the book’s themes of empathy, compassion, and caring about each other–despite our differences.  And, actually as I write this, I have the honor of being a guest on a local PBS television program this evening talking about my book.  So, I’m happy to see that I’m able to spread a message that is so important in these times. Enjoy your weekend. Pat Pat Black-GouldAuthor, Clinical PsychologistWebsite:www.patblackgould.com Link to The Crystal Beads, Lalka’s Journeyamzn.to/3an1hzk

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    • Thank you for contacting me again. I believe I told you that I don’t review from PDF file due to visual issues. I am glad you are paired with someone with MCBD and hope you get a lot of coverage. Your book interests me. I have reviewed a lot of holocaust books recently, so I will wait a while. I have been paired for MCBD. Best of luck!

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  2. Such an important book. Educating young readers about climate change at an early age will help make our planet better in the future. I’ll be visiting my own library to see if they have a copy. Thanks for your featured review.

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  3. Sounds like the perfect first book for kids in understanding climate change. More and more fiction and non-fiction titles are being released at all levels. I’s time to take action and our youth will be leading the way.

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