When we consider the weather, we have all looked around us and wondered what could happen next. Most of us, at one point, have experienced some form of severe weather. Whether it be a severe thunderstorm or hurricane, or a wildfire blowing across an area close to us. Perhaps you may live in an area that is prone to earthquakes. Me, I am originally from California. The nickname for the area I lived in is Earthquake Country. That should give you a clue. I have experienced many quakes, but the closest one to me was a 5.5 magnitude when I was a Freshman in High School. My sister and I were alone at home after class. The house shook violently, and we were afraid. We definitely were wishing at that point that the Earth was asleep.
Author Jillian Arena wrote When the Earth Slept from an amazing point of view. She gives the Earth personality traits. This gives children the perspective that what we do to our planet matters. She does not directly address or use the term Global Warming or stage that humans cause our planet’s issues. She does, however, indirectly hint through explanation of the protection of Earth that is no longer going on. This is a great story to use as a gateway to deeper discussions with children on the effects of Global Warming.
In the story, the Earth herself asks the people for help. She goes to them and requests that they go inside and let her rest. They reluctantly do. After a while, they get stir crazy and need to go back outside. When they do, they begin to celebrate that they are outdoors again; but they notice something. They see how beautiful it is and realize the difference their absence had on the environment. They then vowed to take better care of the world they had taken advantage of.
Reading this story had me thinking about our current predicament. I even looked at the release date to see if it lined up with our COVID status. But the story predated it. When the Earth Slept reminded me of how much the lockdowns cleared up our atmosphere. The air quality got better around many of the major cities. News organizations were airing footage and they showed before and during COVID photos of downtown areas, and the difference was staggering. Aerial shots were mind-boggling — the Earth was sleeping.
The citizens of When the Earth Slept learned their lesson of what they had done to their Earth. They celebrated and learned more about what the Earth had to provide. This can teach children that we can learn from the Earth and lead them to explore options to heal our planet in addition to science. It is also a great book to open discussions about cause and effect. While this has gone on long before we came around, this generation can help them understand that there are things they can do to continue to help turn it around.
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Jeff S. Bray is a contract writer for Isabella Media, Inc. You can follow him on his website JeffSBrayAuthor.com
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