Our Big Home

An Earth Poem

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 4
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

Young children usually think of their home as the structure in which they live. In Our Big Home, the author and illustrator present a much larger vision of home as the planet Earth. Linda Glaser’s beautiful poem is a wonderful way to gently lead children toward the all-important understanding of caring for our environment. In her lyrical, child-oriented style, she presents the idea that our big home is shared not only with all people but with all plants and animals as well. She shows that we share the air, the water, the soil, and other elements that affect and sustain all of us who live on Earth. Elisa Kleven’s vibrant art enhances the concept as she takes young readers to an African plain, a Caribbean island, a South American mountain, and around the world to see people and animals reveling in the beauty and abundance of our shared home.

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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books, Social Studies
Copyright 2000
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint First Avenue Editions ™, Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2002-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 2.7
Text Type Poetry
BISACS JNF042000, JNF037020
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 8.875 x 9
ATOS Reading Level 2.8
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 48743
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards and Reviewed

Author: Linda Glaser

Illustrator: Elisa Kleven


  • CBC Children's Books Mean Business, Winner, 2000
  • Reading Rainbow® Book, Winner, 2000
  • NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12, Winner, 2000


School Library Journal

“A joyful celebration of the Earth with the important environmental message that we share the planet not only with all the various people of the world, but with the plant and animal worlds as well. The loosely rhymed poem describes water, sun, soil, air, wind, sky, night, and moon and serves as a breezy introduction to ecological interdependence. . . The artist uses an effective mix of media, from collage to chalk, to portray depth of scenes and vibrancy of detail.”
School Library Journal