Thursday, February 11, 2021

Journey To A New Earth by Zeiny Sher (Book Review and Giveaway!)

Journey to a New Earth is a beautiful book featuring Penelope Panda and Kobi Koala. 

Book Details:

Book Title: Journey To A New Earth by Zeiny Sher
Illustrator: Zuzana Svobodova
Category: Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7), 30 pages
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Publisher: Zeiny Sher
Release date: Oct 30, 2020
Tour dates: Jan 25 to Feb 12, 2021
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

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 Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

Journey to a New Earth is a beautiful book featuring Penelope Panda and Kobi Koala. Penelope wakes up to a gorgeous sunny day and shows appreciation for the light, the fresh air, the birdsong, and the leaves she eats. In the forest, she comes upon Kobi who is crying because he lost his home to a fire and he cannot find his friends. So they set out to find his friends and they meet a talking tree who tells them how we are all connected. The tree said that their journey ahead was toward a new Earth full of light and unity.

I loved the message of this book because even the Bible speaks of a new Earth where we will all live in unity forever. However, I felt the message in this book was conveyed in an abstract way and doesn't clearly mention our role in making this Earth new and what exactly is the journey.  Children will want to know what is the golden light within them that shines out. Kindness, mercy, generosity...Abstract thinking only develops later in childhood.

The sentences were also too long for this age group, making the message even more difficult to grasp. I think with developmental editing, the narration can be tighter, and this book's message clearer.

The illustrations were absolutely adorable and so visually appealing in the way they depicted nature that they were perfect for this story. The colors are vivid and bursting with life. Any child will be drawn to them and with the help of an adult will be able to understand that together we can make the Earth beautiful not only physically but with each other's good qualities toward one another.

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Meet 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.

You can connect with her on Instagram @zeinysher or on her website

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