Our Big Home

Linda Glaser, Author, Ronald Ed. Glaser, Author, Elisa Kleven, Illustrator
Linda Glaser, Author, Ronald Ed. Glaser, Author, Elisa Kleven, Illustrator Millbrook Press $14.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-7613-1292-5
Reviewed on: 04/03/2000
Release date: 04/01/2000
Library Binding - 32 pages - 978-0-7613-1650-3
Open Ebook - 34 pages - 978-0-7613-8445-8
Paperback - 1 pages - 978-0-7613-1776-0
Prebound-Sewn - 978-0-613-99004-2
Open Ebook - 32 pages - 978-1-283-23058-2
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Glaser's (Compost!) joyous appreciation of the interconnectedness of all living things forms the heart of this celebratory picture book; Kleven's (City of Angels; Abuela) brilliant, busy art gives it its soul. In lyrical free verse stanzas, the author exalts the life-giving rain, sun, soil and air that enable numberless plants, animals and ""you and me"" to inhabit a most amazing planet. Her exhilaration inspires a message of ecological respect without ever mentioning it directly. The text would be merely sweet on its own, but Kleven's kinetic mixed-media compositions, pulsing with flurries of color and light, swirl and flow as they accentuate the poem's happy rhythms. She creates a vibrant tapestry of people and nature in many settings: a city park, backyards, gardens, a sunset in the Middle East and a nighttime African savanna. This title is a good addition to the Earth Day picture-book canon, but it also stands apart as a sunny look at the wonders of the natural world. Ages 5-9. (Apr.)
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