Written by James Gladstone and illustrated by Katherine Diemert, When Planet Earth Was New is a poetic description of how the earth changed over billions of years to become the planet it is today. The text is simple enough for young children to follow, and the digitally enhanced watercolour illustrations are absolutely gorgeous.
There is a glossary in the back of terms used, as well as a breakdown of each page, explaining what is happening in the pictures and a list of books and websites that could be used to find out more about the science.
When Planet Earth Was New would be great for reading aloud to children aged five and up, or for use in a primary school classroom for teaching children about the formation of the Earth and evolution. The beautiful pictures are sure to inspire and could act as a springboard for further discussions and research.
Published: 15 September 2017 Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Owlkids Books, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.