When Planet Earth Was New

James Gladstone

Katherine Diemert

The story of planet Earth’s evolution, from 4.5 billion years ago to today

It has taken billions of years for Earth to become the planet it is today. When Planet Earth Was New looks back to the very beginning, using a poetic approach grounded in scientific fact to give an overview of how the planet has changed over time: from hot lava to the formation of oceans to the evolution of living things in water and on land. The book also includes the relatively recent evolution of humans—who are just a tiny speck in the sweep of Earth’s history.

Now available in paperback, this broad look at the Earth is designed to inspire awe and inquiry. With STEM connections to biology, geology, evolution, and more, it is a springboard for discovery, discussion, and research. A striking design with full-spread, digitally enhanced watercolor art gives the book a rich, atmospheric feel. Back matter includes informational notes about each spread, as well as sources, an author’s note, and a glossary.

James Gladstone, Katherine Diemert
Regular price $11.95 CAD
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SKU: OB400164n0nn1nWWW | ISBN: 9781771475976

"Diemert's images are allusive and striking... A dramatic demonstration of geologic time for thoughtful readers and listeners." - Kirkus Reviews

"Beautiful and thought-provoking, this nonfiction picture book has a great deal to offer." - Booklist

"Striking, slightly surreal illustrations complement the prose and offer much to contemplate...a fine addition to science collections." - School Library Journal

"Will start a discussion of the Earth's development and future and spark interest in biology, geology, and evolutionary connections." - School Library Connection

"Fusing art and science... Striking, otherworldly illustrations from Katherine Diemert show the constantly evolving landscapes in fantasy-rich hues in this beautifully unique journey through space and time." - Foreword Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

"An epic retelling of our planet's origin story... When Planet Earth Was New nails the sense of majesty and mystery that ought to accompany any look at the planet's beginnings."

- Quill & Quire

"Evocative...bold...poetic...will spark readers' imaginings of a nascent Earth." - Publishers Weekly

"This perfect union of words and images telling the story of their awesome planet will mesmerize children and adults alike." - Shelf Awareness

Quill and Quire's Kids Books of the Year, 2017

2018 ABA/NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K-12

Ontario Library Association Best Bet

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Canadian Children's Book Centre Norma Fleck Award, 2018

Norma Fleck Award

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Publication date

March 15, 2023

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Interest age

From 4 to 8