Welcome to one of the February 10th stops on the blog tour for Journey To A New Earth by Zeiny Sher, organized by iRead Book Tours (tour scheduled linked.) Be sure to follow the rest of the your for spotlights, reviews, guest posts and interviews with the author, and a giveaway! (More on that at the end of this post.)
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About the Book
Journey To A New Earth
Penelope Panda and Kobi Koala Discover A New Earth
by Zeiny Sher
Illustrated by Zuzana Svobodova
Published 30 October 2020
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Page Count: 30
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Penelope Panda and Kobi Koala Discover a New Earth is an exploration in preservation through connection. Penelope and Kobi are connected through life changing events, which helps them learn how to love and preserve the earth, and how to deeply connect with each other and others along the way.
My Rating: 5 Stars
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I was granted complimentary review access to Journey to a New Earth as part of my participation in the blog tour for this title through iRead Book Tours. Thank you to all involved in affording me this opportunity! My thoughts are my own and my review is honest.
Journey to a New Earth is the story of Penelope Panda and Kobi Koala, two juvenile animals who meet after Kobi has been displaced from her home and family by Australia’s wildfires, and how they become good friends as they walk and talk. Along the way they meet a wise tree who encourages them to take care of this blessed new Earth and tells them that all the animals here are special and that they should love and care for one another.
This is a beautiful story about friendship, love, custodial responsibility for the environment, moving on from difficult times and loss, and possibly (if the adults involved in reading this book choose to interpret it that way) the afterlife. This can definitely be left as just a cute book with kind morals, or it could be used to ease fears about death in religious families. I don’t know for sure if that was the author’s intent, but that’s how it came across to me. The potential to use or ignore that metaphor is there.
The illustrations in this book are gorgeous, and I know my daughter is going to want to look at these pages over and over again just to fawn over the adorable animals! I think the book is laid out quite well, too, with just the right amount of text per page to hold the interest of kids age 2-3 and up, and with the text blocks appropriately placed on plain, light backgrounds for easy reading. You’d be surprised how many times I don’t get to say that and actually critique such things with kids books, so I was very glad to see such well planned page layouts in this one.
I would recommend this book to basically all parents, caregivers, and teachers, and I’ll be sure to mention it to my elementary school teacher mother and sister.
About the Author
Zeiny Sher is a children’s book author whose journey began while writing a journal of life’s little love and connection experiences for her three-year-old daughter and one-year-old son. With a very close-knit family, Sher has always been passionate about the universal connection we all have and teaching this to the younger generation. She has coached teenage girls on self-esteem and self-worth. Sher enjoys meditation in nature, CrossFit, Safari holidays and baking with her little ones.
Autographed copy of JOURNEY TO THE NEW EARTH (USA only, 1 winner, ends Feb 19)a Rafflecopter giveaway
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