Greta and the Giants
inspired by Greta Thunberg's stand to save the world
by Zoë Tucker
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Pub Date 19 Nov 2019 | Archive Date 02 May 2023
Quarto Publishing Group - Frances Lincoln Childrens, Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Greta is a little girl who lives in a beautiful forest threatened by Giants. When the Giants first came to the forest, they chopped down trees to make houses. Then they chopped down more trees and made even bigger homes. The houses grew into towns and the towns grew into cities, until now there is hardly any forest left. Greta knows she has to help the animals who live in the forest, but how? Luckily, Greta has an idea…
A section at the back explains that, in reality, the fight against the “giants” isn’t over and explains how you can help Greta in her fight.
This book has been printed sustainably in the US on 100% recycled paper. By buying a copy of this book, you are making a donation of 3% of the cover price to 350.org.
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Average rating from 131 members
Greta has become a household name and one that is synonymous with climate change, environmental causes and children speaking up for their world.
This book takes an extraordinary girl and builds her into a picture book which is completely allegorical for what is currently happening in our world. Humans are the giants, destroying the forests, oceans and jungles with our homes, cities and factories. One girl starts a movement to try to stop the giants but it isn't until she gains followers that the giants listen.
The mass protests happening around the world are what we need to ensure that the giants listen- in our world the governments and businesses.
A stunningly illustrated book sending the message about protecting the environment and working together to send the message to the world.
I adore this book and hope to see it in schools to promote Greta and the work she is encouraging.
Thank you netgalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Very nicely illustrated and written. Perfect to teach our kids the importance of speaking up and the value of protecting our planet.
I really liked this parable – it accurately and decently portrays a fictional ecological protest, where a young girl slowly gathers enough people with her to protect the life of the forest from the 'Giants' that are tormenting everywhere and polluting everywhere else. What I didn't like was the fact it was launched off the back of the Greta Thunberg character – this story doesn't feature anyone looking like her, sounding like her, acting like her, and to make out it has that current affairs feel really diminishes the timeless lesson, the very parable itself. Yes, it's still a worthy book – with barely more than two paragraphs a spread at times, its attractive artwork conveys the story expertly, and the moral is still the same – but I felt this was a cashing-in exercise. It might sound ecological to crash two books – the story of our world's Greta, and this fantasy fable's "Greta" – into one, but I know which one I would have preferred to read. Still, it has to be classed as recommendable.
This is a nice allegorical story about Greta Thunberg's activism and leadership on climate change. In this narrative, governments and industry are represented by giants who destroy the environment, leaving the animals fearing for their future. Nobody wants to do anything because everybody is afraid of standing up to the giants. Everybody except Greta, that is. She starts by herself, but is soon joined by others, until there are so many that their complaints can no longer be ignored.
Unlike in real life, the giants in this story actually have a conscience. Once it's pointed out to them that they're doing great harm, they change their ways and everybody lives happily ever after. If I have one complaint about this book, it's that the resolution feels unrealistic and way too simple. In reality, greed is driving so much of the problem, and it's going to take more than a few protesters to change anyone's mind. The problem extends to the suggestions for helping that are included at the back of the book. While doing something is better than doing nothing, personal choices aren't really going to have much of an effect (especially if not everybody is doing them). Then again, I guess it would be a little depressing for a picture book to tell children that there's really nothing they can do and that their fate is dependent upon people who value money above all else.
The illustrations are quite cute, very colourful and charming. I like the animals with their protest signs. The whole thing is a great starting point for teaching young children about the climate change fight and what some people are doing to try to avoid a planetary catastrophe. It might be too political for some, but it's an important message that everyone needs to hear, whether they agree with it or not.
This is a simple book explaining the story of Greta Thunberg, the climate activist, to the picture book crowd. Using giants as the big bad adults, Greta stands up to them, and explains that they are destroying the planet. At first no one hears her, but then as more people take up her cry, the giants realize the harm they have done.
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And everyone lives happily ever after.
Oh, if only this were the case.
Unfortunately, I do not hold out much hope for us, but without hope, we wouldn't even try, so perhaps, in that regard, this is a good book for kids, to show that they can change their fate, even if they can't.
I am such a cynical skeptic.
Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.
I can't praise this book enough. It somehow simplifies climate change, and the power one child has to change the world, into something easy enough for preschoolers to grasp. The illustrations are cute and engaging. Adults need to read it as much as children, I believe. Highly recommended!
Just finished reading this to my 3 year old and I wasn’t sure how he would react. I’m proud to say he felt very passionate about the poor animals and that the giants were bad.
I enjoyed this book for many reasons, I liked how it took the seriousness of the climate change issue and presented it in a way that even my 3 year old can receive the message. The illustrations were beautiful and we enjoyed looking at all the details. I also appreciated that there was no hate or anger in the book but utilized words such as sadness. This way my child and others won’t feel the powerful negativity of the situation at first but can slowly be introduced to the issues and not overwhelmed. Greta and all of the worlds climate activists are amazing and instill so much hope for my children’s futures.
Really happy with this book and looking forward to buying a hard copy.
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an ARC for an honest review.
The art in this was great. I was a little worried about the book having a happy ending, but the back page painting a more realistic response was perfect.
I really enjoyed this book. I felt the giants representation of adults, corporations, etc was really great. The illustrations were really pretty and I thought that the message was important.
A beautiful way to send an important message.
A well told and beautifully illustrated story.
This is allegorical and is not Greta's biography.
The book glosses over details and is probably best for children less than 12 (as older children would probably benefit from more details).
This inspiring picture book is complete with engaging illustrations and a great message. I would definitely recommend this for all kids, especially those interested in activism.
When I started reading this I was surprised, as I expected it to be a picture book depicting the life of Greta Thunberg. I have read a number of books about Greta recently for middle grade and older readers, so I thought a picture book would be a great addition to this collection.
That is not what this picture book is though. As the blurb states (which I obviously didn't read properly), this is an allegory (a story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.). Once I got my head around the fact that this wasn't a narrative non fiction title about Greta, I was most impressed. It's the perfect starting point to talk about this amazing young activist with young readers.
Greta and the Giants is a story about a girl standing up to the giants that come into her forest and start chopping down the trees, and destroying the habitats of all who live there. This is a young children's picture book, and as such it has a positive and happy ending...not necessary a reflection on what is happening in the real world, but for this age group, a satisfying conclusion. It emphasises the importance of speaking up, and how one voice can become many.
There are notes in the back of the book about the real life Greta, as well as notes on what we can do to help battle climate change.
I think Greta's words, "No one is too small to make a difference" will inspire a younger generation to use their voice and start to make a difference.
Beautiful art accompanies this story that tells about Greta Thunberg and climate change in an easy to understand fable about a little girl trying to protect her forest from greedy giants who are destroying it. The story is really uplifting and has a happy ending that I wish was happening with our own "giants" right now, but it ends with a little blurb telling that in real life we are still fighting the giants in this issue. It also tells how kids can help in small ways that really do help, just as Greta did. This is a gorgeous, well written book that does an excellent job of showing who Greta is and what she's trying to do in an accessible, enjoyable story for children.
I read a temporary digital ARC of this book for the purpose of review.
A beautiful book that communicates Greta's message in a way children easily understand. The illustrations in the book are gorgeous, with lots of details that my class really enjoyed.
The book generated a fantastic discussion about climate change, what we can do and what needs to be done. It is a really engaging book with a fantastic message. It should be read by both adults and children.
Adorable book with beautiful illustrations and a fabulous message! I need this in my personal library and will be sure our local library has a copy. I did not realize this was a 350.org book and love to support the cause. Thank you for such a great book!
This is a good book to read to kids to discuss big topics. Greta pleads with the giants to try to show them the destruction that they are causing to the forests. This is a great book to teach theme and discuss climate change.
This just melted my heart. If I had kids, this would be the one book I would buy for them. Greta and the Giants has a happy ending, and hopefully by the time the next generation has kids, our story will have one, too. I've never been prouder of young children and their activism and this book is a perfect portrayal of what we can do to change the world, one slow step at a time.
"No one is too small to make a difference."
This was such an adorable and informative read. I was very happy to receive this Arc from Quarto Publishing Group - Frances Lincoln Childrens as I had been anticipating to read this books, as well s more about Greta and her story. This book captured the essence of being a "child", innocent yet powerful in their own way. Greta's fight inspired others and I'm sure will continue to inspire a younger generation. This book will surely persuade other children, as well as "Giants" to get their act together and start working towards a cleaner and healthier tomorrow, where our world is fully appreciated and protected. I will 100% be getting this book for my younger family members, as well as myself because I just can't resist a good illustrated inspiring story!
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an advance copy of this title in exchange for an honest review,
This is such a great book to introduce kids, and even adults, to Greta Thunberg and her climate change protests. This book shows how climate change is effecting the world in a way for kids to understand and gives idea on how to help slow the progression of climate change. Overall, this is a wonderful picture book!
What I Loved: The illustrations were perfect. The giants looked so large while everything else was so small. The way the animals were drawn, was just beautiful. The wolf on one page, just looked amazing. I was very pleased with the art throughout the book, and my daughter appreciated it too. She had a lot of questions on each page because there was so much to look at.
How I Felt: So, I don't read the synopsis on books...a LOT. I like to be pulled in by the cover art and the title. I grabbed this one because the cover stood out to me and the title seemed really interesting. So, as we start reading this book, I know it's about a girl named Greta and some giants because the title told me so. Then, as the story unfolds, the Giants are building industrial buildings and driving cars and it smacked me in the face. This book is about humans and their destruction of Earth! The book took on a whole new meaning for me. My daughter seemed to have the same realization as me, and then she was asking more questions, which was wonderful.
To Read or Not To Read: This is a wonderful book for ANY child. This book should be read in schools everywhere. It's a great Earth Day book and even has information in the back on Earth Day and on Greta Thunberg.
What's This Book About Anyway?
Greta lives in a forest with many animal friends. One day they come to her very upset. The giants are ruining their forest. They are worse than they have been in the past. Greta sees their destruction and knows she must do something to make a change. She stands at the edge of the forest with a sign that has "STOP" written on it. Soon a child joins her, and then another, and another, until the whole forest is there with her.
Can they get the giant's attention and stop them from ruining their forest? You'll have to pick this book up to find out!
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for my honest review.
I received an arc of this title from NetGalley for an honest review. I loved this book about Greta who wants to protect the world from giants (who are actually humans in general).
There is a bunch of books around Greta. Mostly of them in "childhood" shelves. Really. Everyone seems to wanna talk about the little girl with braids and Asperger syndrome. But this book stands up in the hoard and the rating is well deserved. It's short, but nice, and magistrally paints the movement of Fridays for future.
Excellent story about Greta Thunberg and her commitment to bringing forward the serious issue of climate change. The illustrations are lovely. I would definitely buy this book for my school library. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.
I really love this book!! The illustrations are breathtaking!! Omg they are beautiful so is the message the story want to tell you. Such a good way to remember us to take care of our planet. I really love the fact a part of the profits will go to an organization:! Thanks for the chance to read this beautiful story!
Greta lives in a beautiful forest until one day she realizes the Giants are destroying it. They cut the trees to make houses, for warmth, for work. The Giants don't realize what they are doing, until one day she decides to do something to stop them.
A story inspired by Greta Thunberg and very a propos to the plights of our world. A nice book with an environmental message. It also speaks to trying not to live life with our heads stuck in work mode and missing the best parts.
Great story and beautiful illustrations.
This is the story of Greta Thunberg adapted for younger readers with analogies that would help them understand the Strike for Climate movement.
Being a story for children, it has a happy ending. But as the author points out at the end of the book, the fight in the real world is far from over.
The illustrations in the book are just so adorable and gorgeous! 💗
Coincidentally, this is the second book I read this weekend where the author and the illustrator have the same first name!
Greta and the Giants by Zoe Tucker is a very timely book on climate change for young children, inspired by Greta Thunberg. The book is also very cute with lovely illustrations and and a nice age appropriate way to make young children aware of climate issues.
Any book we can get out there about Greta and her message is good by me. Although its ending seems out of reach, it is the hope that Greta gives us by standing up and making waves.
Super fast read, perfect for children to show them that it only takes one voice to make a difference.
It's also a great tool to use as an introduction to the real life Greta Thunberg, and all the work she is doing. This is the kind of book that can start an important conversation with children about climate change, carbon foot print and the work that needs to be done around the world.
It's a simplified segue to some big issues.
My step-son Logan thinks this was great. He enjoyed the story - he was so pleased that the giants made a new forest and started to look after the planet again. He loved it. I loved it too, we learnt about climate change together and how important it is to make small differences.
Great introduction to climate change issues, and kids-friendly explanation of the work that Greta Thunberg and others are doing to stop climate change through peaceful protests, marches, and strikes. This is a perfect book to start talking to kids about social activism and the importance of protecting our planet.
Greta and the Giants is inspired by the young climate change activist, Greta Thunberg: there is further information about Greta’s campaign to have the damage caused by climate change taken seriously at the end of the book, as well as ways to help her.
This allegorical story is aimed at 4-7-year olds: the simple, descriptive language and bright, colourful pictures will really capture the imagination of this age group. The story is told just as much through the pictures as through the text.
Greta lives in the heart of a beautiful forest where she is friends with the animals who also live there. However, Giants (humans) are destroying their home, so the animals beg Greta for help. The Giants are portrayed as the destructors of the forest, taking more and more trees in their greed and desire to build more and more. There is a stark contrast between the bright and colourful images of the forest and the darkness and ugliness of the city.
Greta is unafraid of the Giants and is determined to help her friends by taking a stance, even though she is only a child herself. At first Greta is ignored, but as more and more people and animals join her, they discover that, by working together, they can make a difference.
This is a story tinged with sadness, but with a strong sense of hope that is uplifting. The message of the empowerment to be gained from working together to force others to listen to an important message regarding the environment is a powerful one.
I really liked the happy ending and was pleased that it was a happy ending for everyone!
It would have been too easy for this allegory, inspired by the valiant, prescient Greta Thunberg, to have been preachy and off-putting. Instead, this slender, hopeful book explains climate change — as well as valor and the power of everyday citizens — in a way even preschoolers can understand. The lovely message and illustrations will delight adults, too.
In the interest of full disclosure, I received this book from NetGalley, Quarto Publishing Group and Frances Lincoln Children’s Books in exchange for an honest review.
This book was pretty cute. It was a fictionalization of Greta Thunberg's life. Greta realizes that the adults or the giants in her life are ruining the environment, and Greta decides to stand up for the trees. I really enjoyed the illustrations in this book although I kind of wanted more from the story itself.
Thank you to NetGalley for this ARC.
Gorgeous illustrations and an inspiring and thought-provoking story. Great for introducing kids to ideas about sustainable living and taking care of the environment. Reviewed via Net Galley
Oh, this is just gorgeous! Everything about it is just stunning. I cannot wait to introduce this to my students when it is published later this year.
Greta Thunberg is a fearless advocate of our times and this gorgeous picture book will inspire children across the world to look at climate change and her story, and also imagine, that they too can make a change. This picture book gives us hope.
For teachers and librarians, this is a great provocation book related to climate change and activism.
I will be purchasing this book when it is published and I can guarantee it will be an enormous hit!
Thanks, NetGalley for the advanced reader's copy.
I received an electronic ARC from Quarto Publishing Group - Frances Lincoln Childrens through NetGalley.
Based on Greta Thunberg's mission to save our environment. In this book, Greta tries to save a forest. The animals speak with her and she takes on the giants who tear down the forest and build cities, etc.
People join her and make the giants listen.
The illustrations bring life and depth to the story. The text is easy to follow for elementary level readers with a strong message for older readers and families reading together.
What a beautifully written and illustrated book! Above all, the message that emanates serves such a purpose in today's world and is conveyed so well for younger readers.
Greta Thurnberg, the Swedish teenager who has warned the entire world about climate change, is living in the forest and giants are chopping down the trees and destroying the environment. Greta points out the harm they are doing and, eventually, the giants stop their damage. What's especially reassuring about this book is that, even though the giants are, initially, so destructive, they learn through education and listening that the damage must stop or the consequences will be deadly.
Young readers are given ways in which they can help the environment at the book's conclusion. They will be able to help which makes the book that much more valuable. A certain percentage of the book's proceeds will be given to 350.org to work towards combating climate change. Young readers will not only passively learn about climate change but how to take action themselves, This is mandatory reading with a clear message.
"No one is too small to make a difference."
This book is beautiful. It has gorgeous illustrations that children will find engaging,
Greta's fight inspired others and I'm sure will continue to inspire a younger generation. This book will surely persuade other children, as well as "Giants" to get their act together and start working towards a cleaner tomorrow and one where our world is fully appreciated and protected.
I will be getting this book for my family and friends because how can you resist a good illustrated inspiring story!
Buy this book for all kids. Tell them that we will all work together to make the world a beautiful place for them and their kids.
Very short but beautifully illustrated childrens book. Perfect for older kindergardeners or elementry school children.This book talks about Greta, who's trying to get the giants attention to stop them destroying the forest. I liked it so much I already preordered 2 books, of which some proceeds go to support the movement against climate change.
Greta and the Giants is a delightful children's book that's filled with vivid illustrations and a very empowering message. Much like the real-life Greta, no one is too young or too small to make a difference in the world. As long as someone is willing to try very hard and has a lot of passion about a specific topic, they can get others to notice them.
Of course, this book has a happy ending that's not very realistic in our current political and social climate. But it's still important for a book like this to exist because it provides an important springboard for talking to kids about climate change. It also points out that although Greta was the catalyst, she's far from the only person fighting the good fight.
Note for parents: the book initially comes down very harshly on the "greedy giants" who destroy the woods. However, the giants are given the chance to redeem themselves.
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing an ARC. This review contains my honest, unbiased opinion.
Greta lives in the heart of the forest along with all the animals. One day, the animals approach her for help, scared that the greedy Giants are ruining their home. They chop down trees to build bigger and bigger homes, ignoring the beauty and habitat of the forest, preferring to build sprawling cities to accommodate their Giant needs. Greta decides to start a protest, asking the Giants to stop. At first, she is ignored, but then people join her protest and eventually the Giant's are forced to listen. Embarrassed and ashamed, they realise that their actions have been ruining the forest. They put their greed aside and start appreciating the forest again, allowing it to return to its original beauty.
This story is inspired by the young climate change activist, Greta Thunberg. It is a powerful story that resonates with the current challenges facing the planet. Although this story has a happy ending, the notes at the end of the book explain to readers that Greta in the real world needs your help. It gives examples of things children (and adults) can do to help make a difference.
The story is empowering to children, teaching them about the importance of climate change and what they can do to help keep the earth alive. The illustrations are beautiful and complement the story perfectly. I think this is such an important topic right now and there's absolutely no reason why children shouldn't be given the opportunity to make a difference too. Greta in this story and in real life is an inspiration, and I hope this book inspires all readers to make small changes in their life to help tackle climate change.
This is a lovely book. It shows a great metaphor for the current political climate in regards to climate change. While over simplified, it is a way to explain tp young children what is going on and gives them tools to get involved. The book does tell the person it is based on so children will also have a real face to the fantasy version.
It's beautifully illustrated and colored and engaging for children in that manner.
Not only does Greta and the Giants benefit a great cause (350.org), but it also makes a great message incredibly accessible for children. Its pages will also be made from 100% recycled paper! This book is SO IMPORTANT! I cannot stress it enough! Greta and the Giants teaches children about climate change and what they can do to help, and I loved every second of it! I'll probably rave about this book until the day I die. I can't wait to purchase a copy of this book for my classroom. It's already been added to my Amazon wish list!
This is a book about our future. It is about installing right instincts in our young generation.
With wonderful illustrations and art; it is a fable about environmental protection.
Blind capitalism and greet of humans is destroying environment to the extent that is directly coming to a situation where; whole biomass is at risk.
Everyone will suffer if earth wilts.
Somebody had to take a lead and Greta did it.
This graphic novel is a perfect start for teaching little kids about environmental catastrophe.
Short, crisp and enjoyable artwork is highlight of the book.
Thanks publisher for review copy.
I had some mixed feelings about this book jumping on the Greta Thunberg bandwagon. Greta herself is all about action, not about accolades, Recently she turned down an award of some fifty thousand dollars because that's not what she's about - although I do have to confess I don't get why she didn't accept it and donate the money to some organization that's doing something about the climate! But it was her choice, not mine, and I have to express some concern about those who might want to co-opt her good will and momentum, and try to profit from it.
There's nothing in this book to indicate whether Greta is even aware of it, let alone approves of it, since all we get is: "inspired by Greta Thunberg's stand to save the world." But in the end I decided a book like this will do more good than bad, and since it aims to get a useful message out there, and since 3% of the cover price is going to 350.org, which is an international environmental organization aiming to do something concrete about climate change, I have to hope that this book has the same good and selfless intentions that Greta has.
The story, written by Zoë Tucker is short, and to the point. The book is gorgeously illustrated by Zoe Persico in full glorious color. The giants are of course the fossil fuel industry and poor Greta is trying to save the woodlands and its denizens from the destructive encroachment of the industrial world. It makes for a useful teaching tool for the young.
This book takes wonderful story about such a strong girl and makes it relatable for young children. This story is about perseverance and getting others to follow so people will take notice of the little people. The illustrations are wonderfully done and Greta looks awesome!
Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for providing me with an arc for an honest review.
"No one is too small to make a difference."
This is an inspiring picture book with great illustrations and a great message for everyone. It uses allegory to make the important topic of Climate change accessible to young children and it does it very well.
Highly recommend it !
"This inspiring picture book retells the story of Nobel Peace Prize nominee Greta Thunberg - the Swedish teenager who has led a global movement to raise awareness about the world’s climate crisis - using allegory to make this important topic accessible to young children.
Greta is a little girl who lives in a beautiful forest threatened by Giants. When the Giants first came to the forest, they chopped down trees to make houses. Then they chopped down more trees and made even bigger homes. The houses grew into towns and the towns grew into cities, until now there is hardly any forest left. Greta knows she has to help the animals who live in the forest, but how? Luckily, Greta has an idea…
A section at the back explains that, in reality, the fight against the “giants” isn’t over and explains how you can help Greta in her fight."
And if you want to read about a REAL woman kicking ass, I give you Greta Thunberg!
Greta and the Giants is a beautifully illustrated story book about the difference that can be made when one person, in this case a child, protests, educates and makes change happen. It is loosely based on Greta Thornberg and there is a section on her and things that children can do at the end of the book. In the story itself, Greta is trying to get giants (corporations) to stop defiling the forest. As other join her a movement is born.
It is painful to think that young children need to know about climate change, but they do. This book, along with some follow up discussion, is a good introduction to a hard topic.
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title in exchange for an honest review.
This book has absolutely beautiful illustrations and raises awareness about climate change in a way that children can understand. I highly recommend it.
I liked the metaphor of Greta versus the Giants, but I felt that the book is a little too optimistic. Greta has certainly done amazing things and I like the suggestions in the back of the book, but particularly for U.S. legislators her pleas have fallen on deaf ears.
I received a free electronic copy of this children's book of ecology from Netgalley, author Zoe Tucker with art by Zoe Persico, and Frances Lincoln Children's Books, a division of Quatro Books. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. I have read this book of my own volition, and this review reflects my personal opinion of this work. I am pleased to refer this work to friends and family.
Greta and the Giants is a story based on the impact of Greta Thunberg on the understanding of climate change in our changing world, and what we can do to slow that down. The artwork is excellent, and the story brings to life the fight for the world our children will inherit.
Pub date Nov 19, 2019
Reviewed on Goodreads and Netgalley Nov 19, 2019.
This story about a young teenager out to save the trees that house many animals she does all she can do to protect the animals but the trees are slowly vanishing and the cities are taking over where the animals once lived. Greta will fight the giants to save the animals.
As rich in colour as it is in hope, together Zoe Tucker and Zoe Persico have brought Greta Thunberg's incredibly inspirational story into the hands of young readers, by offering a magical twist to Greta's mission to bring awareness to the current climate crisis our earth faces.
*Disclaimer: I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
My son is almost three but is already curious about recycling and "naughty people" who drop litter. This book is the perfect story to introduce your child to the effects of climate change and is a motivating narrative to children who are already aware of what is going on.
The illustrations are adorable and will grab both the child's and adult's attention whilst sparking a conversation about climate change and humans' effect on the environment.
This is something that I will definitely be buying a physical copy of in order to share with my son and I would highly recommend that every parent buy this.
5 out of 5 stars!
Greta is a young girl that lived in the forest. One morning she woke up and found all the animals huddled together under the trees. The giants that had always been there had been busy building homes, buildings, towns, and cities. They built until there was hardly any forest left. Nobody stopped the giants as they were all scared of them.
The animals went to Greta and asked her to help. Greta made a sign that said "stop". The giants continued to pass by not noticing Greta, but then others joined her with their own signs. The crowd eventually got bigger and bigger, and the giants noticed.
This is a story of how one person can help create change, and working together for the benefit of everyone.
The art is beautiful, and the story is endearing. I love how the issues are presented. and worked on by all. This story is good for a variety of ages. I'd say 2 to 12.
Thank you to NetGalley for the Advanced Readers Copy in exchange for an honest review.
This book is so important for young kids to be reading right now! It explains global warming in a way they can understand and that’s so important. Greta is an amazing role model for us all but especially for children. She proves anyone can make a difference.
Greta and the Giants is an wonderfully illustrated story that can introduce Greta Thunberg and the fight against climate change to young children without being too overwhelming or confusing. The metaphors of the giants for adults / corporations works wonderfully here to explain to young children who exactly are the people hurting the planet. Definitely want a copy of this book for our library!
This the the books today’s younger generation needs! I love the message and that it teaches you than even if you are alone there are ways to make a difference! I can’t wait to tell everyone about this book!
This was an adorable introduction to activism for the elementary set, and I loved the art and diversity depicted. I’ll definitely be sure to pick this one up to read with my kids.
Thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this title!
Greta and the Giants is a tale about a girl named Greta who has to help the animals of the forest protect their environment from Giants who cause harm unknowingly. The book is inspired by real climate change activist, and teen, Greta Thurnberg.
The art is spectacular and vivid using bright greens and blues for the forest while the city is drawn in dark grey. The image of billowing smoke, and roads stretching for miles illuminate the dangers presented by pollution.
The storytelling here is quite good, given the audience. Greta and the Giants introduces young readers to the concepts of activism, conservation, and climate change action in an easily digestible fashion. The story, while not too complex gets its point across quite succinctly.
I loved how it gave some background on Greta Thurnberg herself at the back of the title, so readers could draw those connections between the fictional / fantastical tale and the real one.
Would definitely recommend this title for any library collection.
I love how so many children’s books these days are taking social and political issues and making them really accessible for kids. This was such a kid friendly way to teach young children what they can do to help save the environment. I love Greta and I can’t think of a more appropriate protagonist for this story. Plus the illustrations are absolutely gorgeous.
"And a little child shall lead them." Not a Bible quote from this picture book spotlighting Nobel Prize nominee Greta Thunberg, though it nonetheless fits her story. Thunberg is the Swedish teen who became an overnight source of adoration and inspiration when she basically (and very descriptively) told world leaders where to get off because they'd spent decades systematically destroying the environment, the planet, and everyone/everything living on it. This picture book colorfully spins a tale of Greta, who lives in a forest that one day is besieged by "Giants" who unthinkingly and (seemingly) without thought begin plummeting the home of her animals friends of trees, water and other resources for their own gain. Greta comes up with a plan to try and save the day, and the end of the book even has helpful resources for kids wanting to learn more about saving the planet, and helping Greta in her fight. The book is great, beautifully done and with lively art to keep kids interested; my only issue with it is a mild one, in that even before Greta young activists from all over the world - Nigeria, the Amazon, South America, and more - have been stepping up and fighting back to save their world, knowing full well that today's crop of adults have ruined it so it's up to future generations to fix. Sadly, not one of them are mentioned or highlighted in this story, even as back-up to Greta's fight, so for me the book came across a bit like yet another story of how the white child/person is the one to set the tone as the leader, doing it first and best to show others the way - when in reality that's just not true. At best, you see people of color here in a few of the kids who come to take up the fight with Greta. Again, not so much a complaint, as something that just felt off to me while reading it. As if the story wasn't so much about the little child shall lead them as it was the little white child shall lead them. It just would have just been nice to see "reality" represented here a bit more, in what's otherwise a great, informative, maybe even life-changing addition to any child's picture book library. 4/5 stars
NOTE: I received a free ARC of this title from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
Greta Thunberg is an important example for modern kids. She shows us not only the importance of protecting the environment but also the power of the individual, even a child, to make a difference. Tucker walks us through how, even if something seems futile initially, if we can at least get one person's attention we've had a positive affect. If one person joins a protest and gains the attention of one person, it has a cumulative affect. And that's what we see in this little picture book. While the message is pretty heavy and serious, the illustrations are charming and magical. This would be a great book to use in a group setting to spark a discussion.
Greta and the Giants (Inspired by Greta Thunberg's stand to save the world) was written by Zoë Tucker and illustrated by Zoe Persico. Greta is a little girl who lives in a beautiful forest threatened by Giants. When the Giants first came to the forest, they chopped down trees to make houses. Then they chopped down more trees and made even bigger homes. The houses grew into towns and the towns grew into cities, until now there is hardly any forest left. Greta knows she has to help the animals who live in the forest, but how? Luckily, Greta has an idea. A section at the back explains that, in reality, the fight against the “giants” isn’t over and explains how you can help Greta in her fight.
Greta and the Giants is a lovely book. I have to admit that the first thing that drew me to the book were the colors and art style. I absolutely love the illustrations and bold colors that are used. I found myself paying more attention to the artwork and the details in it that the story during my first read through. In the first part of the book the text is almost lost in the corners, and easy to overlook. Once I slowed down and read the text I enjoyed the story, I only wish the giants in the real world were that easy to reach. The story is reminiscent of The Lorax for me, and I do not mean that in a bad way. My daughter loved The Lorax, and I could recite it for years after she stopped asking for it. The message that protecting nature is good, and that even if we are small and often overlooked we can effect change is something I have not problem telling and retelling. I liked that the story showed that we often have to come together just to get the attention necessary to be heard, but that it can be done. I love that the book included information in accessible terms about what is happening, and how anyone and everyone can do something to help not matter how small. I really enjoy the book as a whole and hope that it will reach the children (and adults) that need to hear the message.
Greta and the Giants is a delightful story, and one that just might help continue the efforts towards protecting the environment. What makes this book even better is that it has been printed sustainably in the US on 100% recycled paper. By buying a copy of this book, you are making a donation of 3% of the cover price to 350.org.
Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group - Frances Lincoln Children's Books for a copy of Greta and the Giants by Zoe Tucker. This is a story inspired by the work that Greta Thunberg is doing. Greta and her animal friends are upset at the destruction the giants are causing to the forest. They come up with a plan to solve the problem.
This book takes a big issue and breaks it down so even the youngest reader can understand it. The illustrations are beautiful. The book ends with information on the real Greta Thunberg and a list of things you can do and websites you can visit. This would be a great book for any young environmentalist.
Greta and the Giants is a children's picture book inspired by Greta Thunberg (but not authorized, licensed, or approved by her, per the publication information at the back). It is full of lovely, charming art, of Greta and her forest friends, and their growing and diverse crowd of human friends and supporters. It's apparently printed on recycled paper and 3% of the proceeds will benefit 350.org. 350.org is also one of the organizations cited in the further reading section at the end of the book, which is accompanied by an explanation of the origins of this story, Greta's real struggle, and a list of suggestions "you can do to help Greta." The story itself really mythologizes Greta's struggle, with nameless "giants" and a generic protest instead of a school strike, with talking animals and a happy ending--although it does retain Greta's signature yellow raincoat. Imagine a happy Lorax starring a girl with pigtails instead. It's a sweet, attractive book that could serve as a catalyst to important discussions with the children in your life, but I cannot imagine would be welcomed by anyone who is not friendly to the environmental movement. But if you believe in science, and want to encourage the children around you to do the same, this could be a valuable part of their early library, and help raise funds for related organization at the same time.
Thank you to #NetGalley and Quarto Publishing for letting me read an advanced copy of #GretaandtheGiants in exchange for my honest review.
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This was a book I really wanted to get my hands on and see how it all looked on paper. It's a book that I will definitely be getting for my daughter, as the whole book is about doing what you know is right, no matter what age you are.
Yes, it's a bit too nicely tied up (in real life it's become a lot harder to get the message to be taken seriously). But, it still gives us, as well as our young ones, hope that someday it might be a little better than it was yesterday. And, hopefully our future with be more brighter because of this book.
I know also, that a book can't do all of that and more, but it can keep leading our youth in the right direction. And, hopefully as many adults as possible, because we are the ones that can keep making change a reality. It all starts with us. Without the change we need and the funding for it, the future for our children will become as bleak as Greta explains in this book.
Yes, I'm an advocate for everything Greta and the saving of our world. But, that didn't affect all of my rating for this book. It really was done nicely, with well placed information about our global crisis in the back of the book, as well as really great illustrations. I'm glad to have been given a chance to read this and share it with my daughter.
***I received this copy from Frances Lincoln Children's Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.***
Greta and the Giants is a fantastic book based on Greta Thunberg's stand for climate change. The book shows a young girl, Greta, who sees the forest being ruined by the giants and the animals home being lost and so she comes up with a way to stand up for them and to ensure the giants understand how they're effecting the environment.
This is a brilliant book that shows very well how 'giants' are effecting the world we live in and changing the world around us. The story is a fun way for even the youngest children to learn about how we can help the environment and what effect our way of living now is having.
I like how the illustrations show contrasting environments, the colourful and happy look forest where all the animals live and the dark and dirty looking environment where the giants are taking over. This makes it really easy for children to see the good and the bad of the book and gets the point across well.
I like Greta as a character as she shows everyone that even if you are small you can still stand up against the giants if it's something you believe in and want a chance to make a change. The information and tips at the end are perfect to get children looking further into climate change and a nice way to end the book.
This is a great way for children to learn and understand a bit about climate change whilst showing them the effects our world as it is is having.
This book is a must have for our future generation! The illustrations were realistic and authentic. The story is inspired by Greta Thunberg. The story takes an exaggerated view of a large city with giants destroying the forest next door and ends with a beautiful collaboration of giants and children to save the forest. This book is a beautiful and easy to understand fable of how it takes only one person to change the world. With climate change as such an important and realistic challenge, this book is perfect for your kids bookshelf.
This is a really cute picture book inspired by the environmental activist Greta Thunberg. I wish we could have that happy ending too but sadly, people's greed are too strong to care about anything but profit. They don't really think about the future generations and the rest of the living things in the environment.
Nevertheless, just because some big companies contribute a lot to global warming (and don't care) doesn't mean that we, as individuals, can't change some habits to help reduce it. We should be better than them and start little by little until it becomes a part of us. We are over 7 billion and I'm sure that our actions, no matter how small, contributes to the greater good.
We need only start.
Thank you Netgalley for providing me with the digital copy for an honest review.
Greta and the Giants by Zoe Tucker and illustrated by Zoe Persico, is a lovely picture book. I first flipped through the book to admire the detail of the illustrations; the artwork itself needs ample praise. I really love the illustrations, truly, and I appreciate the dedication that went into making the pictures something special for adult readers and the young audience being read to. As I moved through the parable inspired by real-life child activist Greta Thunburg, I was so moved. The book captured the importance of preservation efforts and outlined what global warming is and what causes it in a way that children can understand. But most of all I was touched by how the book communicated that children are important in seemingly big topics and can make a difference and impact in the world they live in. The very end of the book has a bit of information about climate change and what small changes can be made by everyone. There are also a few listed resources provided for families who are interested in more information on the topic. This is a book that I would happily share with my children and others. I really appreciated the book and think it took on a very delicate topic very well.
This wonderful story was inspired by real life events. A Swedish teenager Greta Thurnberg was wondering why despite all the scary facts about the climate change nobody was doing anything to stop 'the giants'/ goverments and huge businesses from destroying our planet. She protested next to the Swedish government building and was gradually joined by more and more people . Greta's actions inspired many people to start doing something real in order to stop the imminent climate change disaster.
The picture book uses an allegory of giants who have cut almost all the forest where little Greta lives to stand for governments and corporations, key players in our current environmental crisis. This beautifully illustrated story is easy to understand and follow even for very young children, and it carries a very important message: we have a serious problem which can only be solved if we act together.
In the book there is a happy end as the giants realize they have been causing damage to the nature by their careless expansion of factories. They completely change their lifestyle and gradually replant the forest to make it even more beautiful than it was before. In real life... we can and should make a diffrence. At the end of the book there are a few suggestions: learn and become more aware of what is happening, ask your caretakers/teacher help you get to a protest or write to politicians and decision-makers, use public transport and persuade your family to take a good look at your carbon print. Every little thing helps and if we start teachingour children that their opinion and their actions matter, perhaps there is a hope for us.
Thank you to Frances Lincoln Children's Books for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.
Greta and the Giants was cute. It was nicely illustrated and brings up great topics that need to be discussed more by all ages. I'm glad children have someone like Greta that is a part of their generation to look up to as a role model (and the rest of us!) to make us stop and think and consider our impact on the planet. Unfortunately, this book felt too 'fairytaley'. I know it's written for young children but it reminded me too much of the saviour thing that that Kendell Pepsi commercial tried to pull off. Greta is the face in the media so of course there are going to be stories about her and I'm proud of her and everything she's accomplished and still trying to accomplish but this particular story doesn't bring anything new to the table. I think it would be great addition for classrooms regardless.
“No one is too small to make a difference.”
Thank you to Quarto Publishing Group/Frances Lincoln Children’s Books for a temporary digital edition of ‘Greta and the Giants’, written by Zoë Tucker and illustrated by Zoe Persico, in exchange for an honest review.
This children’s picture book is a fable inspired by Greta Thunberg's stand to save the world. Young Greta lives in the forest and one day is approached by the animals of the forest, who are seeking her help to save their homes from the greedy giants.
It is beautifully illustrated and ends with text about the real life Greta Thunberg and her campaign to bring attention to climate change. There are practical suggestions of how its young readers can help Greta and a list of websites for further information.
This lovely picture book is a useful way for parents and teachers to introduce young children (ages 4-7) to the subject of climate change stressing a positive message.
Its print edition is produced on recycled paper and a donation will be made for each copy to 350.org, an organisation that is working with grassroots campaigns globally to reduce carbon emissions.
A beautiful illustrated book about a topic that young children should be made aware of - climate change and looking after our planet. The character Greta is likeable and you want to fight alongside her. The pictures are beautiful drawn and the story is not too long. It’s a good book to talk about afterwards to encourage children to think about their actions.
I applaud the author and illustrator for taking such a complex, yet crucial message and explain it in a way that small children can comprehend. Climate change is real and we can’t afford to ignore it. Greta Thunberg’s courage is inspiring and sets a wonderful example to kids and adults alike of how important it is to stand up for what you believe, even when faced with powerful, frightening giants.
I love the diversity of the characters in the book, both the protesters and the giants, because it helps to show how this affects everyone and how crucial it is to take a stand, together. If only the real giants would be as easy to convince to take responsibility and help the environment.
The drawings in the book are absolutely beautiful, vibrant and rich in color and with wonderful details, a feast for the eyes!
Greta and the Giants is a sensitively written and beautifully illustrated story for young readers by Zoë Tucker and Zoe Persico. Due out 19th Nov 2019 from Quarto on their Frances Lincoln Children's imprint, it has 32 pages and will be available in hardcover and ebook formats (ebook available now).
This is a sweet allegorical story with an accessible and appealing (and positive) message for children and their caregivers. I hope the positivity and denouement of the book version of Greta's mission has an equally good outcome in our real world. The story would make a superlative book discussion or circle read in a classroom, library, or home setting. There are discussion prompts and further reading links included in the back of the book.
The illustrations are lush, colorful, and well rendered. There are all kinds of small details which will encourage lingering over the illustrations and finding different details. It would make a good bedtime story selection as well.
Well done, quite beautiful and uplifting.
Greta and the Giants is an endearing picture book inspired by the environmental activist Greta Thunberg.
Lovely art accompanies this story that highlights the importance of climate change, simplifying it enough for small children to easily grasp. It is a fable about a little girl trying to protect her forest from greedy giants who are destroying it. Although the story is more fantastical then realistic, it is really uplifting and has a happy ending.
The book finishes with a little explanation that in real life, we are still fighting the giants on this issue, and it also describes how children can help in their own small ways, just as Greta did. This is a gorgeous, well written book and Zoë Tucker does a very good job of depicting Greta and what she's trying to do. This ecological tale about nature and society is simple, but perfectly executed and worth reading. The illustrations are cute and engaging. Highly recommended!
I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Quarto Publishing Group - Frances Lincoln Children’s Books via NetGalley at my request, and this review is my own unbiased opinion.
This story uses Greta Thunberg as a character in a fairytale with a happily ever after, let me explain. Greta lives in a forest and the animals are being wiped out by giants who have built cities and factories and are killing everything. Greta isn’t afraid of the giants and she stands up to them by protesting. Gradually other children and the animals all join her and begin protesting as well. That is similar to what is happening in the world today. But in this tale, the wonderful thing is that the giants actually listen to them and begin to make changes and save the world.
This is a great way to bring this story to children. It shows the issues of climate change in a way that will appeal to children. I love that the animals that are being affected also join in. At the back of the book, there is information about the real Greta Thunberg and information about Climate Change. There is information showing that everyone needs to do their part to help. The illustrations were great. They showed great expression, emotions and issues all done in a way that attract the eye and complement the text. I read this to my grandson and he felt bad for the animals and wanted to know how he could help. We talked about a few things that he said his parents and teachers had also talked about, so that is all good. This is a definite book that should be in all schools. I think it would have more impact with children 8 and up.
Greta and the Giants is about Greta Thunberg. It is modified into a children's story - humans contributing to pollution and environmental damage are made into giants who threaten the woodland creatures' homes and way of life. At first, they are unaware of the problems they are causing, but the animals and a little girl from the woods begin to stand up and make their voices heard. With the fires, natural disasters, and environmental issues our world is facing due to our inaction toward climate change, it is more important now than it has ever been to teach our children how to be responsible for their planet.
There is a section at the back that explains what Greta is doing and how children can help her in real life! My favorite part of this book is that it is printed on recycled paper and that they donate 3% of the price to 350.org, an organization focused on sustainability and climate change. The creator is really practicing what they preach!
Please note, I received a free ARC in exchange for a review. The review contains my honest, uninfluenced opinion and I was not compensated in any way for a positive review.
Beautiful beautiful story in a sort of metaphorical take on the green-house gas giants as well as big corporate giants, and the illustrations are to die for
This is an absolutely gorgeous picture book inspired by Greta Thunberg and her fight against climate change and the institutions that will not change to save this world.
In this story Greta sees how the giants have been destroying the forest around her house and decides to protest in hopes of getting the attention of the giants and convince them to stop.
For the most part this is exactly the story of Greta Thunberg. She learned about climate change in school and was saddened by the lack of action the rest of the world was taking to combat climate change. In an effort to contribute something positive, she started protesting outside of the Swedish parliament. Her efforts have sparked a renewed interested and a world wide discussion about climate change.
The art is absolutely GORGEOUS. It reminds me of the fairy tales I used to read as a kid, with a cheeky and modern twist. I think some of the double page spreads would make lovely bedroom decor or a cool theme for a room (and really that is what I want from children's picture book's art).
I am really glad that Zoë Tucker decided to end this story full of hope. The situation we are in at the moment is very bleak and every encouragement is necessary. We need to believe we can still make a change and this way anyone reading this lovely story might find the courage to fight.
This book has a few faults, but I'd definitely recommend it. The author has taking Greta Thunberg and turned her into an allegory, and has done a lovely job of it; it does feel a bit jump-on-the-bandwagon-ish, but it's an important subject, so I can cut Tucker some slack. The allegorical Greta lives in a beautiful forest, but the Giants are causing more and more destruction every day, so Greta decides to fight back. She makes a sign that says "STOP!" and stands where the Giants can see her. At first, they don't notice, but as others join her, the Giants finally stop and listen. They feel bad for what they've done, and change their ways- a lovely, happy ending. In the notes following the tale, the author admits the real Greta is still fighting the Giants, and needs our help. A list of things suitable for a child to do is provided, such as taking care of your things and repairing them instead of replacing them, which is a good way to start children thinking about what changes people can make in their lives to help. A list of websites to find more information is also included. Of course, there is a short bio of Greta, explaining how she got started and how she is inspiring people around the world to take notice of climate change, as well as a brief explanation of what climate change is. I really appreciate the message to children that "no one is too small to make a difference, " something every child (and adult) needs to know. The beautiful, detailed illustrations add so much to the story, and are a delight to look at.
A fabulous non-fiction picture book! Children and grown-ups alike will be drawn in by the large size, beautiful illustrations, and powerful message. Greta is an an inspiration to so many, and I love the straight-forward and easy to digest format that introduces her to children and people who may not have heard of her. The back matter is informative without being preachy or boring, as well as directing readers to more information available on the internet.
I was fortunate to receive a free ARC of this book from Netgalley. The above thoughts, insights, or recommendations are my own meek musings.
I loved this book. I enjoyed every written word as much as enjoy reading any article involving little Greta with her huge heart. I will definitely recommend this book to everyone, especially to the little children who have the right to know more things about our real world and about the climate change.
A mix of imaginative fantasy and realistic protest scenes, all centered around Greta's message of environmental responsibility. Beautiful art. Could be read in a storytime for older children.
A beautifully illustrated book introducing Greta to the little ones and hopefully inspiring them to follow Greta and fight for our planet. I think the story was really simple and wonderful, it helps spread Greta's message and also teach a little bit of our environmental issues to the little ones.
With this title coming out so soon after Greta Thunberg had spoken at the Climate Action Summit 2019, I was anticipating a rushed, money-spinner of a book, in which little time had been spent honing the words and selecting the illustrations in order that they work in the perfect partnership essential for any memorable picture book. I was wrong.
Not only is 'Greta and the Giants' adorned with Zoe Persico's stunning artwork, but each illustration is accompanied with Zoe Tucker's wording; evoking forests and cities, danger, hope and beauty. Each picture offers a depth and darkness that draws you in, one moment searching for a familiar face in the crowded protest, the next for shadows in the dark cave or a forlorn tree battling on amongst industrious construction. Meanwhile, "forest animals huddle' and "birds, butterflies and bugs tremble in the shadows" to avoid 'lumbering oafs" and pollution "choking the air".
If there were an aspect that may be improved, I would encourage a part of the narrative to rely purely on further inspection of the illustrations in the manner of (for example) Pat Hutchin's old classic, 'Rosie's Walk'. For, in my opinion, that is when a picture book transcends; offering something beyond an illustrated story or an animated tale.
Nevertheless, I highly recommend this offering to introduce children to the international impact just one small voice can have when combined with resilience, belief and determination.
My thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for sharing an advanced copy with me in return for my honest opinion.
This fairytale-like telling of Greta Thunberg's actions makes for an engaging and enjoyable story. The illustrations are whimsical, and I especially like how the Giants can represent a variety of companies or figures that come to mind. Zoe uses her story to help young people understand who Greta is, what she is doing, and why she is doing it. Fitting as Greta was just named Time's Person of the Year for 2019, I really enjoyed this book and look forward to including it in my future libraries.
As the Giants use up the natural resources, Greta stands up for the animals of the forest. This beautifully illustrated book teaches young people about making better choices to protect the environment. Kids will see that they can be a voice and make a positive change in the world. Well done! I would love to see this book used in English classes for persuasive writing. Thanks Zoe Tucker and NetGalley for the ARC of this title.
This book was so cute and engaged the whole family. My husband recognized the story and its characters, while my children listened and immediately took up the defense of the forest like Greta. The inclusions in the back talking about the reality that this book was based on, as well as giving some ideas on how we can help, were perfect for striking up a conversation afterward. We fully intend on purchasing a physical copy to have for often re-reads in the future.
Kids rating: 5⭐
Relatable characters? ✅
Engaging story? ✅
Beautiful illustrations? ✅
I love Greta Thunberg and this piece came in very handy when trying to share her thoughts and actions with children in KS2.
The book is beautifully illustrated and is relatable for the children (who may find the concept of climate change a bit challenging).
I purchased this book for part of my class library I enjoyed it so much!
I love Greta. She's such an inspiration! What she did and is doing is changing our world, hopefully for the best, making people aware of what we're doing and how maybe it's not too late and we can still do something to stop the climate change and help Earth.
The art was so beautiful and every children should read this and educate themselves about earth.
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