Thank You, Earth

April Pulley Sayre. Greenwillow, $17.99 (48p) ISBN 978-0-06-269734-9
Sayre offers a powerful expression of gratitude for all that planet Earth has to offer. Vivid nature photography accompanies the prayerlike text: “Thank you for leaves and stems and buds, for plant parts we can eat. Thank you for sounds and storms, and seasons.” Sayre’s photographs vary in their compositions, sometimes with a single image taking up a spread and sometimes two or more images featured side by side. “Thank you for those that crawl,” Sayre writes of a creature that resembles a land crab. “Yes, all. All. All. Even those that sting,” she continues, in reference to a photograph of bees pollinating a flower. “Thank you for beginnings, for endings, for lifetimes. Thank you for being our home,” Sayre concludes, with a spread showing a squirrel, pink flowers, and tide pools at dusk. In appended materials, she provides suggestions of ways readers can show their own thanks to the planet. Ages 4–8. Agent: Emily Mitchell, Wernick & Pratt Agency. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 03/19/2018
Release date: 02/01/2018
Genre: Children's
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