Precious planet A user's manual for curious Earthlings

Emmanuelle Figueras

Book - 2019

"How amazing is the home we all share, planet Earth! It's home to millions and billions of animals and plants, but have you ever wondered how everything is connected? In Precious Planet, learn all about our home that was formed almost 4.6 billion years ago -- the earth's crust, the continents we live on, and the oceans in between--and dive into the planet's fascinating geography. One of the most important parts of living in a home that you love is taking care of it. Precious Planet shows how we can work together to take care of this magnificent place--from saving water and trees, to looking out for each other. Precious Planet uses eye-popping illustrations to explain the world's natural phenomena, while opening chi...ldren's eyes to the importance of sustainability and conservation in a fun and engaging way."--Amazon.

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Instructional and educational works
Picture books
Berlin, Germany : Little Gestalten 2019.
Main Author
Emmanuelle Figueras (author)
Other Authors
Sarah Tavernier (illustrator), Alexandre Verhille (translator), Kevin St. John
Item Description
"Earth like you've never seen it." -- cover.
Previously published in French as Terramania.
Physical Description
45 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 37 cm
Includes index.
  • Building the house : the creation of Earth
  • The basement : the center of the Earth
  • The first floor : the Earth's crust and tectonic plates
  • The flooring : the soil
  • The workshop : mineral resources
  • The upper floors and the roof : terrain
  • Running water : fresh water on Earth
  • The bathroom : the seas and oceans
  • Heating and lighting : the Sun and the weather
  • The living rooms : the continents
  • The kitchen : food resources
  • The utility room : garbage and medication
  • The closet : the textile industry
  • The sunroom : natural habitats and vegetation
  • The roommates : humans
  • The roommates : animals
  • Vacation homes : life on another planet?
  • The neighbors : explanets and extraterrestrial life.
Review by Kirkus Book Review

Explaining the workings of our planet through the metaphor of a house in which all parts are connected, this oversized import argues for its protection. This graphically striking overview presents Earth from its beginnings as "a construction site" whose building took nearly 40 million years. Spread by spread and room by room, the French creators describe such things as the "security system" of Earth's magnetic shield; the running fresh water and "bathroom" of seas and oceans; and the "greenhouse" of habitats and their plants. The textile industry is consigned to the "closet," and our trash, compost, and medication to a "utility room." Tectonic plates make up the first floor; the continents are living rooms. Humans and animals are equally "the roommates" as the creators take on both income inequality and endangered species. They even speculate about "vacation homes"exploring and perhaps inhabiting other planets. The conceit makes a fine container for many facets of earth science, ecology, and conservation issues, and the author has based his statements on recent and generally accepted science theories. Large graphic panels are shaped, numbered, and colored to help readers make their ways through the text, which, sadly, is often set in white, sometimes very small print, as in a previous title from this trio, Recordmania (2018). The humans shown vary in age and skin tone. Fact-packed and thought-provoking with an intriguing design, a colorful reminder of "our beautiful home." (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-14) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.