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Official Review: What keeps the Earth in a place.

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Official Review: What keeps the Earth in a place.

Post Number:#1 by kandscreeley
» 14 Sep 2017, 09:01

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "What keeps the Earth in a place." by Vasyl Tsybulko.]

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2 out of 4 stars
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What keeps the Earth in a place by Vasyl Tsybulko is a children's book of about 25 printed pages. The reading level is stated as preschool through 3rd grade. With the vocabulary used, I believe this is accurate, though I would stick to the earlier end of that scale.

The Earth is on the back of a turtle who is held up by elephants standing on the backs of whales. It has been this way for a long time. The wise men are concerned, though. What happens if the whales want to swim in the ocean? What if the turtles get tired? What will happen to the Earth? Read along and find out what the wise men decide to do.

There are several elements that must come together to make a good children's story. The first is the illustrations. In this story, the illustrations are well done. They are hand-drawn and go along well with the story. Each page is an illustration with the words off to one side which helps to hold the attention of young readers. This also makes the book appropriate for reading aloud as it gives the children something to focus on while the story is told.

The next element that is important is the plot. The story must be understandable to young, developing minds. Unfortunately, that's where this story falls short. At the end of the book, I was left wondering what the point of the story was. I'm afraid that if I can't figure it out, a child certainly wouldn't be able to. Also, I'm afraid that the book might be taken too literally by children. I'm concerned that they would think that the Earth really used to be held up by a turtle.

The last thing that I would say is absolutely necessary is correct grammar. I believe that it is important when children are just beginning to explore the world of language and books that everything they see be correct. It's important to build on a firm foundation even from a young age. Therefore, I'm overally critical when it comes to children's books and grammar. Sadly, even the title is incorrect in this book. The title really should be What keeps the Earth in place. The "a" is unnecessary. On the very first page of the story, there is an "of" missing. Continuing on, commas are used in place of periods. All of these errors could have been fixed by a good editor.

Overall, I have to rate What keeps the Earth in a place 2 out of 4 stars. It earns 1 star only for the lovely and entertaining illustrations. Regrettably, I can't give it any more stars due to the poor story and grammatical errors. Some children will enjoy the drawings, but I would urge parents and teachers to check if the story is appropriate first.

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Re: Official Review: What keeps the Earth in a place.

Post Number:#2 by juliusotinyo
» 16 Sep 2017, 11:47

Reviewing a children's book is in itself a challenge. Kudos on your review, maybe my kids will love it, were it not for the errors.
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Re: Official Review: What keeps the Earth in a place.

Post Number:#3 by kandscreeley
» 16 Sep 2017, 11:50

Thanks Julius. The drawings were cute.
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Re: Official Review: What keeps the Earth in a place.

Post Number:#4 by Oliver Ekaso
» 16 Sep 2017, 13:41

Good review. Would like to read it and then narrate it to my children as a bedtime story.
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Re: Official Review: What keeps the Earth in a place.

Post Number:#5 by kandscreeley
» 16 Sep 2017, 13:49

Thanks Oliver. I hope you enjoy it.
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Post Number:#6 by Darakhshan Nazir
» 17 Sep 2017, 02:05

A short book for children. Nice review.
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Re: Official Review: What keeps the Earth in a place.

Post Number:#7 by mumoscar
» 17 Sep 2017, 05:11

Let me admit, I didn't expect to hear about animals holding the earth. The idea is great and one that would keep the young ones occupied. It's unfortunate though for the poor grammar. Nice review.
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Re: Official Review: What keeps the Earth in a place.

Post Number:#8 by kandscreeley
» 17 Sep 2017, 07:44

Thanks mumoscar.
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Re: Official Review: What keeps the Earth in a place.

Post Number:#9 by ritah
» 17 Sep 2017, 10:25

Thank you for the review, it seems like the book had a lot of potential maybe the author will take your review into consideration and work on revising it.
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Re: Official Review: What keeps the Earth in a place.

Post Number:#10 by kandscreeley
» 17 Sep 2017, 10:44

Thanks ritah.
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Re: Official Review: What keeps the Earth in a place.

Post Number:#11 by Christina Rose
» 17 Sep 2017, 16:17

It sounds like the illustrations are pretty good, but I don't think this would be a book I would pick up for my boys. Thank you for your honest review.
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Re: Official Review: What keeps the Earth in a place.

Post Number:#12 by kandscreeley
» 17 Sep 2017, 17:11

Thanks Christina. I definitely wouldn't read it to anyone.
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Re: Official Review: What keeps the Earth in a place.

Post Number:#13 by Mallory Whitaker
» 18 Sep 2017, 09:49

It's a bummer that such beautiful illustrations couldn't be accompanied by better words. I'll be skipping this one thanks to your great review! Cheers.
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Re: Official Review: What keeps the Earth in a place.

Post Number:#14 by hsimone
» 18 Sep 2017, 09:53

It's great that the illustrations were as great as they were. Too bad that the point of the story is unclear - it would be pretty bad if the children believed that the Earth came from a turtle's back. I agree about the grammar being is extremely important, especially in a children's book. Hopefully, the author fixes these issues. Too bad that you didn't enjoy this one.
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Re: Official Review: What keeps the Earth in a place.

Post Number:#15 by kandscreeley
» 18 Sep 2017, 10:06

Thanks Mallory. At least the illustrations were nice.

Hsimone- If the author had presented this in a different way... Maybe as a myth from an ancient tribe or something, it would be different. Ah well... Thanks!
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