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Also illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon:

Never Forgotten (Junior Library Guild Selection)

The People Could Fly
 
Earth Mother
by Ellen Jackson, illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon
ages 4-8 32 pages Walker Books for Young Readers August 2005 Hardcover    

An oversized hardcover book, Earth Mother is an incredible picture book for young children. Ellen Jackson tells a very simple story of caring, accepting, and holding the world and all its creatures in balance within a loving motherís hands.

In this book, we find that all creatures have something to complain about, and more than enough to be grateful for. As the beautiful Earth Mother wanders her lands, she listens with patience and compassion to the complaints of Her creatures. Ellen Jackson shows us the importance of everything from man to frog to even the lowly mosquito. The book takes us through Her day, from a glorious sunrise to the evening rest.

A married team, Leo and Diane Dillon, created the illustrations. Using vibrant color, they portray a Mother figure as a lush and loving African woman. They weave traditional patterns and symbols to give the pictures a sense of reassuring permanence.

This day in the life of the Earth Mother makes kids ponder and understand simple truths of life regardless of race or religion. The amazing illustrations are really what make the book, however. The joint effort of Ellen Jackson with Leo and Diane Dillon makes for a beautiful book, visually and literarily.

 
Young readers book reviews for ages 8 to 12 years old

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