It's Up to Us

Building a Brighter Future for Nature, People & Planet (The Children's Terra Carta)

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Pub Date 01 Feb 2022 | Archive Date 12 May 2022
Publisher Spotlight, What on Earth Books

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“Children have a unique curiosity for Nature and for this amazing planet we call home.” So writes HRH King Charles III in his introduction to It’s Up to Us: Building a Brighter Future for Nature, People & Planet (The Children's Terra Carta).

Join His Royal Highness, author Christopher Lloyd, and 33 amazing award-winning artists from around the world, including Peter Sís, Harmony Becker, Wesley Bedrosian, Sally Deng, and Stuart Armstrong from the United States, on a beautiful, lyrical, and thought-provoking voyage through Nature, the threats we face, and an action plan for the future.

It’s Up to Us is based on the Terra Carta, a roadmap to sustainability issued by His Royal Highness King Charles III and his Sustainable Markets Initiative. The story explains in lyrical text how Nature operates in a world without humans. It then shows the damaging impact People have had on the Planet. It finishes by proposing a series of new pledges that we can all make – a Terra Carta – to help solve the problems.

This book has been developed in partnership with The Prince’s Foundation, a charity established by HRH King Charles III to demonstrate how Nature can be put at the heart of human activities. Half of all the proceeds from sales will go directly to the work of the charity, based at Dumfries House in Scotland, UK.

Printed in Canada on 30% recycled FSC paper with vegetable inks, and all carbon impacts of the production have been offset through sustainable forestry programs.

“Children have a unique curiosity for Nature and for this amazing planet we call home.” So writes HRH King Charles III in his introduction to It’s Up to Us: Building a Brighter Future for Nature...

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Thank you NetGalley for an advanced copy. I enjoyed the varying illustrations even more than the text, and the non-fiction text was excellent! The reading level is just right for elementary students. I like how the book is organized by chapters, but it is not too long of a book. Practical information and steps for helping take care of the world are discussed in child-friendly ways. There is diversity in the people depicted in the illustrations. I will definitely recommend this book for our science libraries.

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What a beautiful book, a work of art, and a learning resource all in one!

I just love this book, as I felt like it was so diverse and so beautifully done that it just really encompasses the whole mission of being about Planet Earth.

The book has an impressive 33 illustrators, many from diverse and marginalized backgrounds! I also love the actual illustrations, which were works of art themselves and included so many diverse backgrounds of people, Muslims in the illustrations through hijab, as well as people with disabilities.

The book covers the mission of the Terra Carta, a plan by the Prince of Wales in the UK to take care of Nature. The plan itself is outlined in the back of the book as a source and I loved how parts of it include “taking into account diversity” and “undertake to collaborate”. It’ makes the message and the audience of this book people from all over the world and many different backgrounds.

The book is made of Four divided parts: Nature, People, Planet, and Terra Carte. Each section discusses details on each subject and all highlight the importance of taking care of nature as people who affect the Planet, and how the Terra Carte offers a solution.

I learned a lot and I found the book super informative and educating, as well as kid-friendly. My only note is page 16 of the ARC, as it had hard to read font in the illustrations.

And as a Muslim reader myself, I appreciate the inclusion of Muslims in the illustrations. I also feel the value of taking care of the Earth as represented in Islam through numerous ahadith and Quranic ayahs about the importance of taking care of the world that Allah created!

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Pollution, global warming, and climate change are explained in easy to understand language for kids in this artfully crafted book. Artworks from around the world illustrate points made in the reading. Ends on a positive note of how we can improve our lot by mending our ways through actions and activism.

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Two words, THE ART! 33 illustrators contributed to make one of the most stunningly beautiful children's books I've seen in a long time. This is another amazing non-fiction picture book. Discussing the climate change problem frankly and without sugar coating it, this book allows children to understand there is a problem, then gives them ways to be a part of the solution. What a joy to read!

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