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Wild Planet

"Both an inspiring picture biography and a call to arms for rewilding our planet."

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June 2024 Non-Fiction Book of the Month

David Attenborough is universally recognized as a genuine hero of our times and this informative picturebook tells an engaging story of his life and work.

The underlying thread to the story is his passion for the natural world and his concern about the human impact upon it: the loss of habitat and biodiversity, which is as dangerous to humans as to our fellow species.

In the end matter there is an author’s note which gives a little more detail about Sir David’s life and work, a glossary and two very useful pages about rewilding the planet, the problems and the solutions. This additional text is useful for both the adults sharing the story and to older, independent readers.

The author and illustrator are ambassadors for the rewilding charity Wild Tomorrow and it is clear that their passion aligns with their subject. The illustrations, from a Caldecott medal honouree, are stunning evocations of the natural world. The way he has chosen to juxtapose settings gives a strong visual expression of the rewilding message. High rise cities, felled forests and dead reefs are contrasted to lush rain forests, alternative energy sources, and seas teeming with marine life.

At times he also manages to portray an almost uncanny likeness of Sir David, especially in the body language and expression. The final image of Sir David is of him symbolically leading a diverse procession of people from a re-wilded eco-friendly city into an even greener future.

This hopeful message is bound to inspire and enthuse young eco-warriors and fledgling conservationists.

Joy Court

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