The World Under Wings9780648872344
A truly unique perspective - quite literally - on the state of planet earth, observed through the eyes of the artic tern.
This is a fascinating kids' book about the migration of the arctic tern and its efforts to uplift the world.
Recommended ages: for 2 - 10yrs old
Author: Tom Gregory
Illustrator: Tom Gregory
What is this picture book about?
When the Terns’ Arctic home starts melting away, they set out on an incredible adventure to learn how to save it. On their journey they’ll soar through the skies, overseas and under stars, crossing deserts and forests and meeting endangered animals along the way.
But on a planet in peril, is anywhere safe for them to call home?
Inspired by the Arctic Tern’s amazing real-life migration, this book is a great way to learn about the problems facing the planet and what we can do to help.
An excerpt from the story
"In the cold Arctic snow lived the Terns, swift and brave, they danced on the breeze over icebergs and waves. But they knew very soon they’d all have to flee, before their home melted into the sea. So they rose from their nests at the morning’s first light, ready to start their incredible flight.
They sped south under blue skies and bright shining stars, under Sun, under Moon, under Saturn and Mars. Chicks chirped with glee as they twisted and twirled, excited to explore the big wide world.
Soon the Terns soared over seas shining blue, but the state of the ocean could hardly be true. They saw whales trapped in plastic and fish caught in nets, from the large to the small they were all under threat...
... So the Terns hatched a plan to let everyone know, of the burning jungles and melting snow. Then they spread the word wide, over seas, over land, over hills, over valleys, over forests and sand.
From the heat of the desert, to the oceans that glisten, the Terns told their plan to whoever would listen. Then when the moment was right, they all cried out as one, “We need to change before more damage is done!”
Their call was so loud, trees shook with the words, it echoed round the Earth and the whole World heard.
At first the change was small but it grew day by day, as more and more people started changing their ways. They cleaned up the oceans, planted new trees, and powered their homes with the tides and the breeze..."
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Size: 11" x 8.5" landscape (27.5 x 21cm)
Cover: heavy softcover (300GSM)
Pages: medium inside pages (200GSM)
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I sent them to my grandchildren have not heard any comments yet they are still on the way.
As a kindergarten teacher I have found this book a wonderful introduction to discussions about our part in looking after our planet.
My Grandson loves it
Loved reading this book to the children, the conversation after was very educational. This book should be in every classroom, preschool and home.
The World Under Wings is an excellent book for young people. It’s written so younger children can understand what is happening to the world. I highly recommend this book.
A very moving and thought provoking book suitable for the young to read about or be read to.
It was very well done and details what is happening to the world today.
Congrats to the author on a great book.
In this story, we travel around the world with arctic terns and see the consequences of human activity and the destruction of habitats. We soar across frozen landscapes and oceans, fly through desserts and forests and hover above cities. We’re introduced to a variety of animals, from the wild and exotic to more familiar creatures we see every day. This broadens the book’s appeal to young readers - my kids are especially fond of the baby penguin.
The World Under Wings is a lyrical ode to a planet in peril and a hopeful tale which hopes to bring about change. Inspired by the migration of the artic terns, this story outlines the journey that humans can take to help protect the natural world. Striking illustrations (my favourites are the snow scenes and starry skies) support a rhyming text which reinforces the power of positive actions and how even small steps can make a difference. This beautiful book impresses the importance of caring for the environment on children and adults alike.
A good book for education for my sons, a very important story and lessons to learn
A beautiful story and illustrations.
This cleverly written, rhyming story is inspired by the Arctic Tern’s real-life migration over land and sea. As we follow the Terns incredible journey, we see the environmental damage to planet Earth through the Tern’s perspective and join them in the realisation that,
“We need to change before more damage is done!”
I love the way the Terns illicit a call to action, which echoes around the world and people start to change their ways!
The illustrations are beautifully vibrant and eye-catching and perfectly capture the the Tern’s plight.
The World Under Wings really encourages the reader to think about the problems facing the planet and leaves you with the powerful message ‘It’s time to take action.’ This enlightening read would be a valuable resource for teachers and a very enjoyable read for home.