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Earth, Sea and Stars: Inspiring Tales of the Natural World

Earth, Sea and Stars: Inspiring Tales of the Natural World

Published: 14 Apr 2022

Hardback, 96 pages

Recommended for age 5+ and 7+

By Isabel Otter and Ana Sender

Published by Little Tiger Press Group

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Travel across the world with this beautiful collection of 20 nature stories. From the Ancient Chinese countryside to the dense forests of Norway, this book takes readers on a journey across cultures and continents, exploring the different ways we care for and show respect to our planet. Poignantly retold by Isabel Otter and with breathtaking artwork from Ana Sender, each story in this collection reminds us how important the natural world is to society.

Moreover, the universal scape of these tales unites us as one global community. The perfect book for little nature lovers, this is a collection to treasure. Also available: The Lost Fairytales.

Tagged natural world and traditional tales

Reviewed by Martin Galway

This fresh collection of 20 short stories takes readers on a journey around the globe, across cultures, and through time. Each tale draws upon the enduring magic of ancient storytelling and speak of, and to the natural world, in celebration and with respect. In the course of the book, we are entertained as we learn more of the strength and fragility of the world around us. Isabel Otter offers warm and sensitive retellings, with supportive background materials and pointers for discussion. All of this is accompanied by Ana Sender’s beautiful illustrations.

It is a collection that offers a thoughtful stance on the constraints that can squeeze some of the life out of our interaction with stories in the busy classroom. Here we have an array of stories that are well-told, carry important, ever-more-pressing messages, strong visuals, and follow-up support to boot. It might also help to widen the net of that thread of traditional tales required under the auspices of the national curriculum – a world of traditional storytelling, more than just a continent.

Earth, Sea and Stars is also a notably inviting book – physically and figuratively. It feels good to hold if that makes sense. Something that’s hard to rationalise but matters very much. It is likely to entice young readers, from Year 2 upwards into your book corner to re-read their favourite tales.

Martin is a Teaching and Learning Adviser for Herts for Learning. He has worked across the primary sector as a teacher and English subject lead, and as a lead teacher for Hertfordshire. Martin is obsessed with books, reading and writing and runs the @HertsEnglish twitter account and blog site.