THE EARTH IS GOOD by Michael DeMunn


A Chant in Praise of Nature
Age Range: 3 - 6
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In a rhythmic and prayer-like text, DeMunn asks children to appreciate the beauty and goodness of nature, of which they are an integral part: “The earth is good. The trees are good. The flowers, the birds and bees are good.” The unity of all things is emphasized through the brilliantly colored illustrations which sometimes project aspects of the landscape onto both the boy’s clothing and his limbs. The simple text, with its concluding statement—“and you are good”—not only reinforces the story’s uplifting theme, but it leads children to a fuller understanding of their role in the world while fostering a healthy respect for its treasures. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: March 1st, 1999
ISBN: 0-590-35010-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 1999