Introducing planet Earth written by Celeste Frazer illustrated by Lynn Epstein let me introduce myself I am planet Earth I am the luckiest planet in our solar system I can support life look at mercury so close to the Sun hot hot hot even one of my Desert Rats could not live in that heat cold dwarf planet Pluto sits so.
Far from the Sun murderer how would you like to be a frozen popsicle planet not me I have all the things life needs land water air and energy from the Sun I have four oceans and seven huge pieces of land called continents.
On land I even have lakes and rivers filled with fresh water that plants and animals need I spin like a top so that all living things have day and night people call this rotating try this want to see what makes day and night get a flashlight and a friend to be the Sun you be earth Earth spins around slowly it’s daytime on the side of your body facing the.
Sun it’s night time on the side turned away from the Sun because I am round like a ball sunlight hits me unevenly this.
Makes parts of me hot and parts of.
Me cold my fat belly gets the most direct sunlight so it is hottest along my belt.
My North and South Poles get the least direct sunlight the sun’s rays are weaker here than at my equator these areas are my.
Coldest weather it’s hot cold or in between creatures live all over me people live on all my continents a few even live around the South Pole in Antarctica most people live in my milder parts where they can build homes and grow crops people travel all over my planet long ago people got lost when sailing across my oceans they needed a way to identify locations so they invented a global grid or lines that cross.
Each other to form points anywhere on earth the lines that run north and south are longitude lines the lines running East and West are latitude lines this grid tells people where they are.
Tilted – as I travel around the Sun during my year-long trip I stay in my tilt sometimes I tilt toward the Sun and sometimes away from it my tilt creates seasons in January my top.
Half or northern half is tilted away from the Sun that’s winter when children in the northern half go.
Sledding at the same time the southern half is pointed toward the Sun it’s summer there when I get halfway around the Sun and it’s July I’m still tilted.
But this time my northern half is tilted toward the Sun and.
It’s summer my southern half is pointed away from the Sun and it’s winter there I am a fair planet I give each of my half seasons and equal amounts of sunlight they just get it at different times.
Of year to all my creatures on earth I make your promise I will rotate every 24 hours to give you daytime and nighttime I will continue to tilt to give you seasons I will travel around the Sun once each year and I will.
Do all these things for billions of years to come I am a planet you can trust you.