The Earth Gives More
by Sue Fliess
illustrated by Christiane Engel
Albert Whitman & Company
In bustling collage spreads, Engel depicts people engaged in seasonal outdoor activities. Fliess’s rhymes describe the gifts the Earth offers those taking time to treasure them...As the seasons pass, Fliess returns to the phrase “the Earth gives more,” finally closing this genuine celebration of nature with a plea: “Do your part. Use what you know./ Help the Earth to thrive and grow.”
This love letter to our planet serves as a guide for young readers, using rhyming verse to describe what the Earth does for us and the ways in which we can give back... The illustrations are stunning, depicting natural beauty with bold, bright colors, and the images include seasonal projects that a reader might consider, such as cleaning up beaches in the summer, raking leaves in the fall, or filling bird-feeders in winter. The poetry is grounded by the soothing, offbeat refrain, “Still, the Earth gives more,” and it ends with a call to action: “Do your part. Use what you know / Help the Earth to thrive and grow.”
From leaves falling and becoming fertilizer to raindrops bringing plants to life in the spring, the cycle of every season has something to enjoy. While delighting in all nature offers, we need to remember to respect and treasure the world around us. This sweet rhyming story follows the change in seasons and illustrates how we can all be stewards of the Earth.