The Green Planet


The Green Planet opens with a reminder that all plants, all around us, photosynthesise to turn ‘sunlight into food‘. Thereafter, they release oxygen . What’s more, ‘it takes about eight trees to provide one human with the oxygen they need for a year’. 

From this point, we’re taken on a global tour from rainforest to desert, woods, to underwater, in order to realise every setting’s unique behaviour and residents. Therefore, when we journey to the tropical worlds, we sight the ‘siege’ for seeds that drop from the forest heights to the floor. It seems insects, mammals and fungi await this food source. So, how do plants adapt and ensure new shoots might grow?

Then again, we see the desperate search for water upon the desert worlds, and how plants that live there  ‘steal, store and secure their water‘, or even snooze util the rains might arrive. Plants that live in underwater climes, meanwhile, must ‘peek able the surface to flower’. It’s at this point that they attract a pollinator and set seed.

We realise the fine balance for our Green Planet. What’s more, we realise the human impact upon and the responsibility for this balance. Bookwagon recommends this essential, beautifully composed and presented title to classrooms and households.

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The Green Planet

Leisa Stewart- Sharpe, illustrated by Kim Smith

(Penguin Random House)- hardback

‘All around us, plants are busy taking in light, breathing out oxygen and releasing water’The Green Planet coincides with the release of the BBC television series of the same name, from Sir David Attenborough. It examines how plants  work ‘their magic’ upon the Earth, from roots that absorb water, to the oxygen generated ‘back into the air through the leaves’.
The book opens by describing the different ways that plants reproduce, from spores, to pollen or cloning. Thereafter, in a bold portrait page, we reach to the skies, like the trees of the rainforest, in the battle for light. It seems ‘competition is fierce‘. What’s more, the rainforest is a place of rich opportunity for new life, hunting, drinking and surviving. While we learn how ‘shrew poo‘ provides nitrogen in the starved Borneo forests, we travel further into ‘tropical worlds‘ to meet a host of different inhabitants. These includes vampires and silverleaf desmodum, bearded pigs and leaf cutter ants. Then again, we move to other settings, from desert worlds, where plants fight for water, to the sands, and water worlds. Along the way, we have a thorough examination of each terrain, its adaptations, inhabitants, struggles and idiosyncrasies.
Like Who Makes a Forest?, The Green Planet is a confident, informed and thorough resource. However, it is also rich and fascinating reading. Bookwagon loves and recommends this magnificent title to all our readers. This is a book that merits a place on bookshelves in places at home, and in classrooms.



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