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School Library Journal - 01/01/2018 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 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 04/01/2018 The title of this book is exactly as advertised. Beginning with “Dear Earth,” the subsequent pages, each containing only a few words, express appreciation for nature. Sayre, pulling double duty as both author and photographer, uses vivid, full-color photos paired with simple lines that poetically and artistically tie to the images, ranging from a close-up view of a ladybug to a high-contrast desert sunset. Most of the photographed objects will be familiar to children, but a few concepts (for instance, “all shapes that repeat” next to a sunflower, “thank you for rays and radials” next to a coneflower and dandelion) may require a bit of an explanation. The photographs truly make the book pop, and Sayre’s adoration for her subject shines through. This would be a great addition to an ecologically themed storytime, or for one-on-one sharing to pore over the gorgeous photos. Back-page material includes an author’s note and guidelines for readers to “turn a thank you into action,” truly the key message of the book. Thank you, Earth, indeed. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.