The Earth Is My Mother: A Camouflage Adventure

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An illustrated story about the relationship between a mother, a daughter, and the Earth.

By following clues from a dream and taking photographs of endangered wilderness areas, eleven-year-old Sarah and a Native American environmentalist try to prevent the commercial development of a southwestern canyon.

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Overview

An illustrated story about the relationship between a mother, a daughter, and the Earth.

By following clues from a dream and taking photographs of endangered wilderness areas, eleven-year-old Sarah and a Native American environmentalist try to prevent the commercial development of a southwestern canyon.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-A book that tries to do too much. Fifth-grader Sarah Stewart is alternately na ve and precociously knowledgeable about all aspects of life in the canyons of the Southwest. Her recently deceased mother was a photographer and nature lover. After a terrifying nightmare suggests a course of action for her, Sarah runs away on a kind of spirit quest to seek a way to save her mother's beloved Magic Canyon, soon to be destroyed by developers. She is accompanied by an American Indian guide whom she later discovers was not alive, but instead was a kind of naturalist "guardian spirit." Her quest includes observation and photography of natural phenomena, survival techniques, frightening encounters with wildlife and the humans who are looking for her, and stories from Native traditions about the interconnectedness of living things. The book is nicely illustrated with Doolittle's signature artwork, including black-and-white pencil sketches overlaid with detailed color paintings. At the end of the novel, these pictures come together to create a picture of a woman embedded in the scenes of canyon life that Sarah has captured with her camera. It is this picture, of "Mother Earth," along with contrived events that save the Magic Canyon. Ambitious in scope and somewhat didactic in tone, this book will have the most appeal to adults interested in Doolittle's dramatic illustrations.-Barbara Chatton, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780867130447
  • Publisher: Greenwich Workshop Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 603,471
  • Product dimensions: 8.12 (w) x 10.14 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Bev Doolittle was born and raised in California. She graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. She is a fine-art phenomenon in the world of limited-edition prints, where her editions and their sell-out rate are unsurpassed in the industry. She and her publisher, Greenwich Workshop Press, have contributed over a million dollars in proceeds from sales of her prints to the National Wildlife Federation, the National Museum of the American Indian, the National Arbor Day Foundation, and, most recently, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Bev Doolittle's books include The Forest Has Eyes, The Earth Is My Mother, and The Art of Bev Doolittle.

Elise Maclay has collaborated on five books with Bev Doolittle, including The Forest Has Eyes and The Earth Is My Mother. Her poetry has appeared in Nature magazine, and she is the author of Approaching Autumn and Green Winter, two popular books of prose poems. Elise lives near the shore in Connecticut.

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

    A Must for Eco-lovers and Art-lovers

    Great story to share with children and grandchildren. Wonderful illustrations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2005

    Imaginative book for nature lovers

    If you and your children love nature and the outdoors, give yourself a treat and read this book together. I read this with my 10 year olds, and all three of us loved it. There is enough adventure to spark a child's imagination, and the tale provides opportunities for teaching one's children about important conservation issues. The artwork is wonderful, and we had the poster which is included with the book matted and framed. My girls love to look at the poster, and discuss again the details of the story that are depicted in this wonderful artwork by Bev Doolittle. This is a book that your children will remember and return to again and again.

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