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[Nonfiction Wednesday] Nature’s Beautiful Otherworldliness in a Lullaby

A Song For Endangered Animals


Myra here.

We are delighted to join the Nonfiction Picture Book meme 2020 hosted by Alyson Beecher @ Kid Lit Frenzy. We would also be linking our nonfiction choices with our reading themes throughout the year, when we can.

Mother Earth’s Lullaby: A Song For Endangered Animals

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Written by Terry Pierce Illustrated by Carol Heyer
Published by Tilbury House Publishers (2018)
ISBN: 0884485579 (ISBN13: 9780884485575)
Borrowed via Singapore’s NLB Overdrive. E-Book photos taken by me.

With climate change upon us, I find it heartening that there are concept picturebooks like these that remain hopeful and empowering. Told in rhyming verse, it is an ode (as the title indicates) to endangered animals such as the sumatran tiger, the yellow-footed rock wallaby, among others.

The book opens up to an image of a mother reading aloud to two children: a recurrent element throughout the pages with endangered animals shown to be with their cubs, calves, younglings. The entire book is, after all, mother earth’s lullaby to its creatures.

While I am not a huge fan of rhyming text, I would have to say that the art took center stage in this narrative. There is also an extensive backmatter describing each featured endangered creature. I especially appreciated the very positive and empowering message about the many efforts done to help preserve endangered animals and ways through which the reader can be of help, at the end of the book.

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Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

2 comments on “[Nonfiction Wednesday] Nature’s Beautiful Otherworldliness in a Lullaby

  1. Oh, this looks beautiful, Myra, and it’s a new title to me! Thank you!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Do you review “cozy” mysteries? If so, I have a cozy mystery (published in December) I would love to send for review.

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