The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth, by Rachel Ignotofsky | Book Review

Book Review of The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth
The Children’s Book Review

Written and Illustrated by Rachel Ignotofsky

Ages 7 and up | 128 Pages

Publisher: Ten Speed Press | ISBN: 9780399580413

What to expect: Planet Earth, non-fiction, illustrations, ecosystems

Science has never been more interesting or more beautiful! This exciting guide to the world’s ecosystems is a perfect book for a budding environmental enthusiast. With artistically rendered drawings of complicated scientific concepts, children will dig right into the fascinating stories of the Earth’s many different ecosystems.

First young readers can explore big concepts: What is an ecosystem? How are livings things classified, and how do they interact? Then, readers will move on to the major ecosystems of our planet. From the arid Mojave Desert in North America to the lush Congo in Africa, the world’s largest ecosystems are described and lovingly illustrated. Short enough not to overwhelm children while still being descriptive enough to get a feel for the ecosystems, each page is brimming with helpful information that would be perfect for a young reader’s book report (or dinner table discussion topics!).

Aquatic ecosystems and the cycles of nature help to tie the book together. Then, Farms, cities, human impact, and global warming are covered. The book ends on a positive note, with ways to help protect our beautiful planet.

These incredibly detailed illustrations, maps, and infographics by author and illustrator Rachel Ignotofsky are simply breathtaking. Children and adults alike will enjoy pouring over each page, looking for small details and exciting depictions. Some of our favorite touches were ecosystems and animals in colorfully rendered jars – they added the perfect touch of whimsy!            

This is a fabulous addition to a children’s collection of books or a school or class library. Bring the world to life with this amazing guide to THE WONDROUS WORKINGS OF PLANET EARTH.

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About the Author and Illustrator

Rachel Ignotofsky is a New York Times-bestselling author, illustrator, designer. She graduated from Tyler School of Art’s graphic design program and worked as a senior designer and illustrator at Hallmark Greetings. Rachel and her work have been featured in many print and online media outlets such as the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Scientific American, Science Friday, Brain Pickings, and more. She is the author of Women in Science, Women in Sports, and I Love Science.

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September 1, 2021 at 08:05PM Bianca Schulze