Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Review - The Earth Gives More

The Earth Gives More
by Sue Fliess
illustrated by Christiane Engel
Date: 2019
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 32
Format: e-book
Source: library

From leaves falling and becoming fertilizer to raindrops bringing plants to life in the spring, the cycle of every season has something to enjoy. While delighting in all nature offers, we need to remember to respect and treasure the world around us. This sweet rhyming story follows the change in seasons and illustrates how we can all be stewards of the Earth.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

This lovely rhyming picture book follows the changing of the seasons and shows children and their families enjoying, respecting, and giving back to nature.

The majority of the text is done in rhyming couplets, with exceptions for the bits that talk about the Earth giving. I think it all flows rather well.

I like the illustrations in this one. There's plenty to look at! The pictures go through the changing seasons, highlighting various activities that are common in the different times of year. The cast of characters is diverse, and if you look carefully, you can see the different families pop up repeatedly in the varying seasons.

Rhyming picture books don't always work for me, but this one does. The meter is decent, the illustrations are a wonderful accompaniment to the text, and the overall message is a good one. This would be a nice one to add to a collection of Earth Day picture books, but the message can be enjoyed and appreciated all year long.

Quotable moment:

Premise: 4/5
Meter: 4/5
Writing: 4/5
Illustrations: 4/5
Originality: 4/5

Enjoyment: 4/5

Overall: 4 out of 5

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