Book Review & Giveaway: This is the Earth by Deedee Cummings

Book Title: This Is The Earth by Deedee Cummings/illustrated by Charlene Mosley
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 32 pages
Genre:  Children
Publisher:  Make A Way Media
Release date:  April 2019

Content Rating: G

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.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

This is the Earth is for young children. It is full of vibrant colors and the story shows them that we’re all basically the same no matter where we come from. It encourages us to care for and respect each other and with that comes peace.

The colors will keep the attention of young children and that will encourage them to read this book over and over, which will help the message sink in. There are discussion questions and more information about peace in the back that would be great for older children.

If you are concerned about our world and all that is happening, This is the Earth is a book that will share the message of peace to children. If all of our children saw themselves as part of one big family, the Earth could be much more peaceful in the future.

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).

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