Make the Earth Your Companion [hc]
Written by J. Patrick Lewis [Ohio] & illustrated by Anna and Elena Balbusso
Make the Earth your companion.
Walk lightly on it, as other creatures do.
With this powerfully reverent refrain, readers are reminded to treat the world around us with the respect it deserves and the care it needs. Mountains, lakes, rivers, grasslands, forests, deserts- even the sky above- all of our natural environs have some message to impart, if we will but listen. Picturesque illustrations imbue the images with mysticism, making visual connections to not only the words themselves but to the feelings of wonder they evoke. 32 pages
"Readers are guided through different ways to draw meaning from the natural world, whether it's finding strength from the sea, perspective from the river, or peace from the woods. Matched with the text are exquisite illustrations by Italian artists (and twin sisters!) Elena and Anna Balbusso." -Booklist (Kindergarten-Grade 3)
"Ghostly, translucent silhouettes alternate with objects that possess volume and heft, from iris blossoms to rocky outcrops. Lewis's invocations create a sense of reverence, and their secular vocabulary makes them useful in a variety of settings." -Publishers Weekly (Ages 6-8)
March 7, 2017