It's Up to Us: Building a Brighter Future for Nature, People & Planet (the Children's Terra Carta)

by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales (Author) Sally Caulwell (Illustrator)

It's Up to Us: Building a Brighter Future for Nature, People & Planet (the Children's Terra Carta)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

"Children have a unique curiosity for Nature and for this amazing planet we call home." So writes HRH The Prince of Wales in his introduction to It's Up to Us: Building a Brighter Future for Nature, People & Planet (The Children's Terra Carta).

Join His Royal Highness, author Christopher Lloyd, and 33 amazing award-winning artists from around the world, including Peter Sís, Harmony Becker, Wesley Bedrosian, Sally Deng, and Stuart Armstrong from the United States, on a beautiful, lyrical, and thought-provoking voyage through Nature, the threats we face, and an action plan for the future.

It's Up to Us is based on the Terra Carta, a roadmap to sustainability issued by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and his Sustainable Markets Initiative. The story explains in lyrical text how Nature operates in a world without humans. It then shows the damaging impact People have had on the Planet. It finishes by proposing a series of new pledges that we can all make - a Terra Carta - to help solve the problems.

This book has been developed in partnership with The Prince's Foundation, a charity established by HRH The Prince of Wales to demonstrate how Nature can be put at the heart of human activities. Half of all the proceeds from sales will go directly to the work of the charity, based at Dumfries House in Scotland, UK.

Printed in Canada on 30% recycled FSC paper with vegetable inks, and all carbon impacts of the production have been offset through sustainable forestry programs.

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School Library Journal

K-Gr 2—Thirty-three artists are each given a spread to illustrate a slice of the world. The collection of artwork is broken into four parts: Nature, People, Planet, and Terra Carta—which is a UK document to address climate change, and the primary focus of this book. The artwork depicts a range of scenes, from microorganisms that we can't even see to farms, cities, oceans, deserts, and even littered public parks. The scale and execution of the artwork seems almost too big for a picture book—and that makes the text feel out of place. In colored blocks placed over the artwork, a didactic text tells young readers why "we" need the Terra Carta, which is a jarring contrast to the gorgeous and engaging visuals. The front and back materials offer some opportunities for further research, with an index that serves as a glossary, too, and the preface text of the Children's Terra Carta. The foreword by HRH, the Prince of Wales, invites children to become artists of nature, too. VERDICT Despite some stylistic shortcomings, as a way to introduce the Children's Terra Carta, this is a beautiful book.—Jessica Schriver

Copyright 2022 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Review quotes

"A beautiful book." - School Library Journal

"Readers ... will linger and consider the writing more in conjunction with the gorgeous artwork. Using
styles ranging from realistic, geometric, and whimsical to folk-art, comic book, and surreal, 33 artists from around the world (many of whom will be new to American viewers) depict both the
beauty of Earth and its need for help
." - Angela Leeper, Booklist

"As much as this is a celebration of nature it also celebrates the global community ... Christopher Lloyd's words shine on each page." - Sarah Street, The Silvan Reverie

"I grew up in a country which was very polluted, very industrial ... through the years of growth I started to become aware about the power stations and the industrial companies, and I have been trying to do any project I can to talk about the importance of the preservation of the planet, but also how beautiful things can be and how we have to be careful and caring about all this." - Peter Sís, illustrator

"I wanted to paint and create a piece which felt like there was a lot of movement going on ... the water, the environment, the people, the landscape have this great force to it that is bigger than us." - Sally Deng, illustrator

"I saw that there is an imbalance with Nature and farming and how that's affecting the globe, so I took the idea of an imbalance, like a waterfall, and mashed it up with a farm, and put the two together, and I thought that would be a nice metaphor which is open to interpretation and gets down to the feeling that things aren't the way they are supposed to be." - Wesley Bedrosian, illustrator

"I have been thinking a lot about how I can use art to inspire and educate people about what they can do to take care of the Earth around us, so I was really thrilled to be part of this project." - Harmony Becker, illustrator

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales

Christopher Lloyd is a world history author, educator and lecturer. His books include Absolutely Everything! (What on Earth Books 2018) and the bestselling Britannica All New Kids' Encyclopedia (Britannica Books 2020). It's Up to Us has been written in collaboration with HRH's Sustainable Market Initiative and The Prince's Foundation, of which HRH is President, which provides holistic solutions to the challenges facing the world today and champions a sustainable approach to how we live our lives and build our communities. Profits from the sale of this book will be used to support the Prince's Foundation's charitable work.

Throughout his adult life, HRH The Prince of Wales has dedicated himself to charitable causes, including environmental protection and sustainable development. He launched Terra Carta, his vision for a new contract between nature, people and planet, in early 2021.

Thirty-three highly talented children's artists and illustrators are featured in the book, including: Mehrdokht Amini (UK), Harmony Becker (USA), Wesley Bedrosian (USA), Sally Caulwell (Republic of Ireland), Raúl Colón (USA), Reza Dalvand (Iran), Owen Davey (UK), Sally Deng (USA), Paolo Domeniconi (Italy), Leah Marie Dorion (Canada), Blak Douglas (Australia), Barry Falls (Northern Ireland), Victoria Fomina (Russia), Gunnella (Iceland), Nick Hayes (UK), Kumiko Horibe (Japan), Isol (Argentina), Su Jung Jang (UK), Murat Kalkavan (Turkey), Gwen Keraval (France), Ye Luying (China), Estelí Meza (Mexico), Poonam Mistry (UK), Rutu Modan (Israel), Musa Omusi (Kenya), Nick Sharratt (UK), Peter Sís (USA), Sydney Smith (Canada), Vanina Starkoff (Brazil), Fotini Tikkou (Greece), Luisa Uribe (Colombia), Stuart Armstrong (USA) and Phùng Nguyên Quang & Huỳnh Kim Liên (Vietnam). Each spread is illustrated by a different artist in the spirit of Terra Carta, to celebrate a global diversity of style, background, race and ethnicity.

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
What on Earth Books
Publication date
February 01, 2022
BISAC categories
JNF037020 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | Environmental Conservation & Protection
JNF053200 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Social Topics | Values & Virtues
JNF065000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Recycling & Green Living
JNF071000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Social Activism & Volunteering
Library of Congress categories
Environmental protection
Earth (Planet)
Sustainable development

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