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When the Earth Slept

When the Earth Slept

Environmentally aware children's book!

When the Earth Slept is an illustrated children's fiction book promoting environmental awareness and respect for the Earth. It offers an alternative viewpoint to children and adults to understand the current situation of Covid-19. It is akin to the role that Roberto Benigni played in the movie "Life Is Beautiful" where he uses fantasy to make sense of the reality that surrounds him and his family.

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About the Book

Raging fires, rampant earthquakes and violent windstorms occur as Mother Earth becomes more and more sick. In a final attempt to find relief, she looks to the people to help her with a final plea from the Earth to get the rest that she needs.

After countless years of enduring the burden of supporting all living organisms, the Earth becomes very sick. Her fever causes wildfires, her chills create countless earthquakes, and her sneezing and cough become hurricanes and tornadoes that ravage the world as we know it. In a final plea to get the rest that she needs, the Earth turns to the people and asks them to go inside and close their doors and give her the gift of time. After much hesitation, they finally agree, and a heavy silence falls as the Earth drifts off to slumber. As time passes the people begin to fear that the Earth will never wake up, and so they decide to go outside and dance. They hope that the drumming will ease her from her slumber, but it does not. They are forced to dance harder and harder until finally, they forget why they are dancing in the first place, lost as they are in their own joy. From experiencing their joy, the Earth begins to heal. As she heals, the people also heal. Together they wake up and create a new world where they learn from one another and find a mutual respect.

Genres: Children's Book, Magic and Fantasy, Picture Book (Fiction)
Tag: Upcoming Releases
Publisher: Isabella Media
Publication Year: 2021
Format: Paperback
Length: 30
Illustrator: Melissa Wooten
ASIN: 1735725692
ISBN: 9781735725697

List Price: 16.99
When the Earth Slept is a children's picture book recommended for youngsters with good reading skills or read-aloud adults. It promotes environmental awareness in the young through the fantasy story of an Earth that becomes ill from the effort to support all forms of life. Wildfires are Earth's fever, earthquakes spark from her chills, and coughs become tornadoes. What can the Earth do to heal herself? Really, she needs a timeout from work. And so she asks the human race to give her this break, and let her sleep. They do so, but become worried that she will never wake up. How can humanity reawaken (and re-energize) the planet? When the Earth Slept features lovely, colorful illustrations by Melissa Wooten that spice this story. Another big plus is Jillian Arena's accompanying, vivid descriptions: "The people, lost in their exhilaration, had stopped thinking about their stores and their bowling alleys and their money and their vacations. She noticed that they were remembering, instead, their deep connection to each other, to her, and to all the ways that she supported them." When the Earth Slept is a rich and lovely fable perfect for imparting a sense of environmental consciousness to the very young. The story is highly recommended as a read-aloud and discussion point for adults who would teach kids to celebrate and respect the planet.
– Mid West Book Review
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About the Author
Jillian Arena

Jillian's experience as a Life Coach has given her a deep understanding of the power of perception and the profoundly beneficial effects that positive thinking has on the mind, body and spirit. She has taken this knowledge and applied it to her parenting style to help her children see that the world is a beautiful place, full of possibility.

Jillian's love of the English language led her to also pursue freelance writing opportunities on the side. Her work is currently showcased on many business websites in the form of page content and/or blogs. Additionally, Jillian writes her own blog, focused largely on spreading joy, speaking of triumph through adversity and helping her audience to consider seeing life from a more creative and productive vantage point.

"When the Earth Slept" was originally written with the intention of helping Jillian's children (ages 8 and 10) to gain a broader understanding of the current Covid-19 situation. Her hope was to allow them to see the many beautiful shifts that are happening because of it, rather than to focus solely on the fearful components. Through developing a wider perspective, they are able to recognize their own responsibility to take care of the Earth and are asking critical questions that the world needs to answer right now. She remains hopeful that this story will help.

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