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This is the Earth Review & Prize Pack Giveaway

This is the Earth is an award-winning picture book written by Deedee Cummings, who is also the author of In the Nick of Time. You may read my review of In the Nick of Time here.

About the 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
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.

My Review:

This is the Earth is a simple but sweet read, with compelling messages that are relevant to everyone on the planet. By featuring children who are different in gender, race, physical condition, cultural background and living environment, the book promotes the idea of a global village, where people, despite their differences, respect one another, make an effort to understand others' feelings and way of thinking, and share the living space peacefully like neighbors in the same community.

The colorful and widely imaginative illustrations are eye-catching and engaging. The heart-warming details in the pictures add interesting contents to the story while greatly enhancing the theme of the book. For instance, the differences in the characters are primarily shown through the illustrations, including their way of living, their physcial characteristics and how they interact with one another. The pictures also suggest that the children help take care of those in need and try to protect the environment.

As a bonus feature, the book includes a section of inspirational quotes from historical figures like Martin Luther King, Jr., Mother Teresa and John F. Kennedy, along with a great list of questions that call for more in-depth thinking and discussion about peace, love, kindness, empathy, acceptance and inclusion. Besides, the book's clear emphasis on respect for diversity and equality is especailly meaningful during this unusal time. Although this is a children's book, its messages may apply to readers of all ages. Pick up a copy and get ready to be inspired.

Order your copy on Amazon | Make a Way Media.


About the Author:

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).

Connect with the author: Website | Make a Way Media | Twitter | Twitter | Facebook | Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram | Instagram | Goodreads

One lucky reader will win a In the Nick of Time Prize Pack!

It includes: 

  • a signed copy of In the Nick of Time, 
  • a signed copy of This is the Earth, and 
  • a $25 Amazon gift card

Giveaway ends 12/10. Open to US 18+ only. Please enter using the form below. Good luck!

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Disclosure: I received a free copy of the book to facilitate my honest review. All views and opinions expressed are my own. icefairy's Treasure Chest is not responsible for winner selection or prize fulfillment.

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