A new children’s book
A young girl goes on a whimsical journey around the world where she discovers the importance of protecting the planet.
That’s the subject of a new children’s book launched by Ørsted, the Denmark-based company that acquired Provience-based Deepwater Wind, owner of the Block Island Wind Farm, in October.
The book, entitled “Is This My Home?,” written by Sean Henrik Moore and illustrated by award-winning illustrator Yeji Yun, is aimed at children aged five to eight years old, and is available for free as an illustrated e-book with optional narration in four languages. It can be downloaded at orsted.com/book.
“In an effort to encourage children to be a greener next generation, Ørsted launched a children’s book and online universe to make it easier for parents to talk to their children about climate change,” the company stated in a press release issued on Tuesday, Jan. 29.
“Through the eyes of the girl and all the animals she meets, the book showcases that we all share the same home, Planet Earth, and that we must take care of it and protect it.”
Filip Engel, Senior Director at Ørsted, said, “We've created a children's book and an online universe to help adults talk to children about why we need to take care of our planet, and what we can do about climate change. Ultimately, we want to encourage children to be a greener next generation.”
The simply told story is illustrated with colorful sketches, a variety of scenic environments and some friendly looking animals. The dialogue is playful, but simple and direct, and can be comprehended easily by a young child.
Spoiler alert! The mouse states at the end of the book that, “There’s still hope for our home. We just need to care for it better. It’s not so hard. And you’ve already learned that loving your home is one of the most important things to do. For the benefit of everyone — you, me, the animals and that little girl who just fell asleep.”
The press release notes that, “An international survey conducted for Ørsted among parents of young children has shed light on the need to support dialogue about climate change between parents and children. The results are quite clear. 58 percent of parents would like to speak more about climate change with their children, and among parents talking to their children about climate change monthly or less, 68 percent say this is due to lack of knowledge or climate change being too difficult a subject to explain.”
The survey was conducted on behalf of Ørsted by the Mano & Audience Project among parents of children aged five to 10 years old in Denmark, Germany, Holland, the United Kingdom and the United States. The survey is based on answers from a total of 2,336 respondents.