The Story of the Blue Planet

The Story of the Blue Planet
Author: Andri Snær Magnason
Illustrator: Áslaug Jónsdóttir
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
Genre: Children / Fables
ISBN: 978-1-60980-428-2
Pages: 96
Price: $12.99

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Many children live on the blue planet. None of them age, and there are no grown-ups. There is so much to see and do there, and the children are very happy. But one day a space-ship lands on the blue planet, and the children realize there is so much more that could make them happy – if they’re willing to pay for it.

As the children are offered more excitement and fun, they become more selfish and greedy. Consumed with their own needs, they think little of the effects of their actions on themselves and others. And when those consequences are brought to their attention, they don’t even care. Finally, the good will of others breaks through their selfishness, and they begin to realize all they gave up for what they have gained. And in their remorse, they discover a unique way to solve everyone’s problems all at once.

This modern-day fairy tale is a wake-up call for both children and adults to examine the far-reaching consequences of our actions. Told as a fable, The Story of the Blue Planet is a fun read with many layers of meaning. Kids will enjoy the story while also absorbing the deeper message. I highly recommend this eye-opening book.

Reviewer: Alice Berger