Author: Geeta DharmarajanPainter/Illustrator/: Enrique Lara/Luis Fernando GarciaPublisher: KathaYear: 2006Language: HindiPages: 32ISBN/UPC (if available): 81890220668
Geeta Dharmarajan has a unique way of adding life even to the most boring subjects. If you read Earth song, you will realise it. It’s not the environmental studies book you must have read in school. Or maybe it is, just a better one, a much better one. The book opens with a little poem, which almost sounds like a version of the "All things are bright and beautiful" song you learnt in school. Then the more serious stuff follows, in a way that does not sound so serious. Every page has a group of living beings in their natural environment with their names mentioned in a separate box. And there's a small piece of trivia on each - trivia that's interesting and something that not many are aware of. For example, did you know that cats have 244 bones in their bodies that is even more than humans have. Or that flamingos get their pink colour from the carotene-rich food they eat. Or that the front lawns of eight houses have the same cooling effect as 24 large air-conditioners. This and other interesting stuff comprise a greater part of the book. A strong point of the book is the artwork by Enrique Lara and Luis Garcia, with every creature looking like it is about to come out of the page. And, in the end, there is also a message for all you young readers out there. A message book that is not too preachy. What else do you want?