Posted by: Kathy Temean | March 8, 2020

Book Giveaway: One Earth by Eileen Spinelli

Eileen Spinelli has written a new picture book titled, ONE EARTH, Illustrated by Rogério Coelho and published by Worthy Kids. Eileen has agreed to share a copy with one lucky winner. All you have to do to get in the running is to leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you do to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter, reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. Thanks for helping Eileen and Rogério!

If you have signed up to follow my blog and it is delivered to you everyday, please let me know when you leave a comment and I will give you an extra ticket. Thanks!

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Celebrate our planet and discover easy ways to take care of it with this picture book that’s perfect for budding environmentalists and nature lovers.

Kids can count reasons to love the planet and ways to protect it in the pages of this conservation-themed book. Gentle verse reminds the reader of Earth’s beauties–starting with “one wide sweeping sky, two honey bees” and continuing all the way to “ten fields to plow.” The text then starts counting backwards, listing simple ways children can help, such as reducing waste and reusing items. The conclusion takes us back to number one with the book’s key message: “One Earth so beautiful. Remember–only one.” At once celebration and challenge, this book will encourage children to take better care of the planet.

BOOK JOURNEY:

We all hear it: “Write what you know about.” I also believe this: “Write what you care about.”

I have been caring about nature, loving my world, all my life. I love the springtime song of birds and the autumn sounds of geese. I love trees and smooth river rocks and how grass smells after rain.

Nature soothes me, stills my heart–whether I am walking through a city park or on a sandy beach or riding past a field of corn.

I love Carl Sagan’s words and the vision they evoke: the “pale blue dot” of earth as viewed from millions of miles away. I accept his charge that we have a responsibility to deal respectfully both with one another and the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.

So yes, I wrote what I care about. Because my readers will become tomorrow’s custodians of the earth. And no need for research! My subject was all around me.

I cannot image One Earth without the illustrations of Rogerio Coelho. The wonders of earth, the soul of our planet, are radiantly packed into thirty-two pages of  color and artistry. See for yourself.

And to a parent or teacher I would say, Don’t stop there. Read–yes–but also steep your youngsters in nature. Go walking with them–into the Land of No Cell Phones. Celebrate with them the first crocus of March, the first snowfall, the first summer strawberries.

A friend who taught second-graders kept her eyes on the classroom windows, waiting for an especially beautiful sky. When it happened she ushered her students outside and told them simply to “look up”. They did. Twenty-five little faces–O-shaped little mouths–looking at something for which they had no words. After several seconds, with no prompting from the teacher, they broke out in cheers and applause.

Read–yes–but plant  a patch of vegetables, or a bed of native flowers, or a pot of herbs for a window sill. Go through closets and cupboards and basements and donate idle items to organizations that can use them.

Take walks, not into the woods, but around the block, and pick up litter. Feed the birds. Write what you care about.

Eileen Spinelli

PS The manuscript of One Earth was submitted to four publishers before it found a loving home with Worthy/Kids

EILEEN’S BIO:

Eileen Spinelli debut picture book Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch was published in 1991. That book won an IRA/CBC Children’s Choice book and Christopher Award winner. Then it was off to the races with numerous picture books, poetry collections, and chapter books, including the best-selling When Mama Comes Home Tonight, and the critically acclaimed Sophie’s Masterpiece. Eileen has published over 85 book, 79 still in print. She lives in Media, Pennsylvania with her Newbery Medal winning husband Jerry Spinelli.

Eileen, thank you for sharing your book and its’ journey with us. Not only are the words lovely, along with the illustrations, but helping children understand the importance of taking care of our planet and how they can do their part is so important. Good luck with the book.

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. A great book for Earth Day and every day! The illustrations are absolutely beautiful too. I can’t wait to read it. Thanks for this opportunity to win a copy! I follow the blog. Sharing on Pinterest and Twitter.

    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/735564551628419062
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrianaRae11/status/1236530088637800448

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  2. This is a beautiful book 😀. My 1st graders would love it! (I retweeted also: @ShauntrellLeaks.)

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  3. That book looks awesome! I teach 8th grade Ela and am looking for pic books to help with mini- lessons!

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  4. Hi Kathy, I’ve been getting your blog for years and jump for joy for a new Eileen book! She is an inspiration to us all. I’ll be FB-ing and Twitter-ing about this one!

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  5. What a beautiful tribute to our planet! I plan on sharing this on Twitter as well!

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  6. What a beautiful book. Thank you for the chance.

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  7. Oh, what a beautiful book! I can’t wait to read it!
    I do follow your blog, Kathy.
    I’ll tweet it out there, too (@erikammon13).

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  8. This looks wonderful. I love Eileen Spinelli. Thanks for the chance to win it!

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  9. Thanks for sharing! I’m a fan of Eileen Spinelli’s books, many of which are wonderful mentor texts for me. I shared. https://twitter.com/ManjuBeth/status/1236681538282180608

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  10. What a lovely book, I can’t get enough of those wonderful illustrations. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
    I’ve tweeted a link to this post: https://twitter.com/carlrscott/status/1236682354132783104, and pinned an image on Pinterest as well: https://www.pinterest.es/pin/336573772154190010/.
    I also follow your blog daily by email: crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com.
    Thanks again, have a great week!!

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  11. Reblogged this on Journey to the Top of the World and commented:

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  12. This looks like a beautiful book! Here’s the tweet I shared:https://twitter.com/heather_stigall/status/1236687976668827648

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  13. What an amazing book, Kathy. I’ve followed your blog for a few years & I shared this on Twitter and FB. Can’t wait to read this one.

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  14. This looks like an enchanting picture with a powerful story.
    I look forward to reading it.

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  15. What a pretty book and a lovely message. Thanks for telling me about it.

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  16. I love Eileen Spinnelli! Her books are magical, and this one looks gorgeous!

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  17. Love the simplicity of the words and the fabulous colors of the art. Thanks for sharing.❤️Eileen

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  18. This is so beautiful! I love Eileen’s work and the illustrations are glorious!

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  19. This looks like a beautiful book, with an important message! I can’t wait to see it. I do follow your blog by email, Kathy, and I’ll post this on Facebook.

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  20. I love books on how kids can make a difference in and to our world and no one writes better on such things than Eileen Spinelli. I am sharing on twitter, FB and reblogging.

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  21. Stunning art and a fabulous concept. This looks like perfect book for preschoolers! Congratulations, Eileen!

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  22. Reblogged this on Darlene Beck-Jacobson and commented:
    As we get close to Earth Day and focusing on the environment, I wanted to share this lovely new PB about how kids can make a difference by Eileen Spinelli

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  23. Just LOVE this, and having met Eileen several times, LOVE her too! What wonderful art, as well! Sharing on Facebook!

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  24. What breathtaking artwork and enchanting text about what kids can do to help the environment — and it’s a counting book too! Love Eileen’s work especially, most recently Birdie. Her new PB is timely and a perfect spring read! I have been following you a few months and share your posts on twitter. Would love to win a copy to review on my website. Checked my library and it’s not on their list, so I also put in a request that they purchse One Earth.

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  25. I can’t wait to read this book to Nature-loving kids (should be all of them)! And love the story of the sky-gazing students:-) Kathy, I follow your blog.

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  26. Beautiful ❤️

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  27. What a beautiful book! A great message for young people. I love Eileen’s work. I attended a presentation of hers at a conference a few years ago. I still have my band-aid for when the rejections hurt! Thanks for sharing this Kathy, I follow your blog.

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  28. Oh, how lovely! I can’t wait to read this. Thank you for featuring it, Kathy. And thank you for creating it, Eileen.

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  29. Looking forward to holding this book in my hands!

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  30. Wow, I Love this concept and the nature inspired words!

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  31. This looks like a beautiful book , with a very important message!

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  32. I love your new book’s concept, Eileen. The illustrations are fantastic. Thanks, Kathy for sharing this lovely PB.

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  33. This looks like a perfect spring read, especially with Earth Day next month!

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  34. Oh my, what a wonderful book -love everything about it -congrats!!

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  35. This book is absolutely breathtaking! You bet I want a copy and will share 😀 😀 😀 ❤

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  36. It sounds absolutely lovely and is so very needed – looking forward to reading it!

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  37. Lovely! I really want to read this book! Congratulations! I will tweet this and I follow your blog by email.

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