Thank you, Earth – Earth Day 2018, PPBF

Time to celebrate Earth Day, Sunday April 22nd 2018, which I try and do every day. What a privilege and responsibility to be stewards of this planet so rich in beauty and resources.

©M C Guckin

Title: Thank You, Earth – A Love Letter to Our Planet

Author & Illustrator: April Pulley Sayre

Publisher: Greewnwillow Books, 2018

Ages: 3-7

Themes: nature, the earth, thankfulness, wonders, colors, shapes, concepts, conservation, environmentalism

Opening:

Dear Earth,

Thank you for water and those that float,

for slippery seaweed

and stone.

Synopsis:

Water, air, light.
Patterns, curves, shapes, colors.
Things that crawl, fly, float, run, bloom, ripen. 
Think of everything Earth gives us.
What are you most thankful for?

Why I like this book:

A stunning and thoughtful introduction to nature and its concepts with a message of environmentalism and conservation. Precision closeups and gorgeous panoramic vistas capture the beauty of the Earth as the lyrical, rhythmic text gives gratitude.

This would be a great intro for a conservation unit, a class photography project or to celebrate Earth Day. The carefully crafted verse in super simple easy to understand language, with rhymes and repeated sounds, make this a great read aloud.

Activities/resources:

The end notes give readers more ideas on how to help the environment and detailed notes about the photographs.

Earth Day Network

Each week a group of bloggers reviews picture books we feel would make great educational reads. To help teachers, caregivers and parents, we have included resources and/or activities with each of our reviews. A complete list of the thousands of books we have reviewed can be found sorted alphabetically and by topics, here on Susanna Leonard Hill’s website.

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14 Responses to Thank you, Earth – Earth Day 2018, PPBF

  1. What a fantastic, Earth Day-perfect post! The David Attenborough video of Wonderful World is a favorite of mine I have enjoyed many times. I’m looking forward to checking out Thank You Earth. I have a feeling it will become a fast favorite. The page you shared is beautiful.

  2. I love gorgeous photography for children. Such a stunning, yet simple book. I saw the cover, but have not read the book. Perfect for Earth Day. And, I especially loved David Attenborough’s video.

  3. perfect book for the week!

  4. Yay! What a nice pick for Earth day!

  5. That is a lovely book. I love watching David Attenborough progams on tv. Thanks for sharing Joanna.

  6. Jilanne Hoffmann says:

    I love the choices made by the author. One doesn’t usually thinking of thanking for “struggles” or anything else that might be difficult. Looks like a great book! And I’ve always loved David Attenborough, although I would have preferred to hear Louis Armstrong’s version of the song. 😀

  7. The illustrations are beautiful. Looks like a wonderful book. I am going to check it out.

  8. Andrea says:

    Isn’t this beautiful! I guess we’re on the same page!!

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