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Thank You, Earth: A Love Letter to Our Planet
Contributor(s): Sayre, April Pulley
ISBN: 006269734X     ISBN-13: 9780062697349
Publisher: Greenwillow
    OUR PRICE: $16.20  
Product Type: School And Library
Published: February 2018
Annotation: The award-winning photographer and author of Best in Snow presents a striking, visual love letter to the planet that introduces children to concepts in science, nature and other disciplines through vibrant, close-up images of subjects ranging from plants and animals to weather and natural-world landscapes. 35,000 first printing.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Nature; Juvenile literature.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Nature & The Natural World | Environment
Dewey: 525
LCCN: bl2018011911
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 9.50" H x 10.50" W x 0.50" (0.80 lbs) 40 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2019 Spring)
Stunning photographs accompany the poetic but precise text in this picture book encouraging gratitude for our beautiful and intricate planet and everything thereon--from tiny ladybugs to towering trees. Sayre also highlights "all shapes that repeat" and "rays and radials," which may send readers out to look for patterns and shapes in nature. Back matter explores eco-issues and encourages kids to get involved. Copyright 2019 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 March #3)

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.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 January)

K-Gr 4—Photographs of the natural world accompany a poem that gives thanks to the earth. The author/photographer of Raindrops Roll, Best in Snow, and Full of Fall has penned a lyrical thank you note to Earth illustrated with her signature photography. Close-ups featuring alluring shapes, patterns, and textures; seascapes and mountains; animals in action; and striking skies are varied and beautifully reproduced and arranged, with the text of the poem set directly on the pictures in large, legible print. "Dear earth," she begins. "Thank you for water and those that float,/for slippery seaweed/and stone. Thank you for mountains and minerals,/that strengthen bills/and bone." The carefully crafted verse, with its rhymes and repeated sounds, should be a pleasure to read aloud—Sayre's skillful use of enjambment is notable, too. A long author's note suggests ways that young people can say thank-you to the earth themselves that go beyond the usual. A list of selected resources and organizations and a welcome explanation (subject and location) of every photograph complete this attractive package. VERDICT A splendid marriage of poetry and photography, consider for all nature-related collections.—Kathleen Isaacs, Children's Literature Specialist, Pasadena, MD

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.