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Ettie Explores Earth: An Ettie the Explorer Adventure Story (Volume 1) is a preschool children's book written and illustrated by Lynn Holland. Ettie comes from another planet, Green Cheeze. Ettie is an explorer and has chosen to visit Earth. The reader sees Earth from outer space, as a space visitor would, and visits the various types of environments found on Earth. Ettie has lots of questions for the reader. They're mostly about the different types of animals Ettie encounters. Green Cheeze has many similar animals, except for the snake Ettie sees in the jungle which is just a bit too creepy.
Lynn Holland's educational preschool children's book, Ettie Explores Earth: An Ettie the Explorer Adventure Story (Volume 1) is beautifully written and comes accompanied by Holland's bright and colorful illustrations. I particularly loved the way astronomy is introduced to children in an easy to understand and inspiring way. The description of Earth as a blue marble is something most adults have heard before, but it still has a connotation of magic, no matter how often you hear it, I think. Holland's intrepid space explorer challenges the young reader to interact through questions, and I could almost hear children excitedly shouting out 'dog' or 'cat' as the pictures were presented. Learning the words of Ettie's language is a great exercise in imagination and a marvelous introduction to learning other languages.
Ettie Explores Earth: An Ettie the Explorer Adventure Story (Volume 1) does more than help new readers practice their reading skills; it challenges their imaginations and broadens their world, and it's great fun all the while. Ettie Explores Earth: An Ettie the Explorer Adventure Story (Volume 1) is most highly recommended.