This deceptively simple book comes bearing a great message of environmentalism and global empathy. It should be a delight to read to children due to its straightforward yet whimsical narration and its many illustrations. Life on the blue planet among the ageless wild children is simple and happy. That is, until the arrival of Jolly Goodday and his rocket. He sets out to improve the children’s lives, attending to their every need to bring their existence closer to “perfection”. When two of the children, Hulda and Brimir, set out on a journey to the other side of the planet, they learn the true cost of all this perfection. ‘The Story of the Blue Planet’ won the Icelandic Literature Prize in 1999—making it the first children’s book to receive the prize—and it’s as relevant to the way we lead our lives today as it ever was.
Article on grapevine.is about the book.
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