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Anthology for the Earth
     

Anthology for the Earth

by Judy Allen
 
In this wise and valuable volume, award-winning author Judy Allen gathers the voices of people from many cultures and times who have spoken in defense of the earth, including a Kayapo Indian and an Australian Aboriginal woman. More than 40 poems and stories by such authors as John Steinbeck, Ovid, John Muir, Willa Cather, Anton Chekhov, and Albert Schweitzer form a

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In this wise and valuable volume, award-winning author Judy Allen gathers the voices of people from many cultures and times who have spoken in defense of the earth, including a Kayapo Indian and an Australian Aboriginal woman. More than 40 poems and stories by such authors as John Steinbeck, Ovid, John Muir, Willa Cather, Anton Chekhov, and Albert Schweitzer form a chorus that will illuminate, inspire, and empower. Full color. 96 pp. Ages 10 and up. Pub: 4/98.

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Children's Literature - Judy Katsh
The work of authors and illustrators from many different geographical, historical, and philosophical locations is featured in this glamorous and heartfelt anthology. Editor and contributor Judy Allen writes that she was motivated to create this anthology when she rediscovered her own personal collection of poems and selections from other authors and naturalists, and she was struck again by the energy, urgency, and immediacy of their words. More cautionary than celebratory, the sections in this anthology describe the harm past, present, and impending that humans have wrought on the planet. It's a sobering read for the most part; and many of the illustrations are dark and foreboding. Some quotes and longer selections uplift more than blame. And some, like Judy Allen's own contribution, "Tiger," actually leave the reader with hope for the future.
VOYA - Jamie S. Hansen
This collection brings together voices from many different cultures speaking in defense of our natural world. The well-known nature writers are here, including Aldo Leopold, John Muir, Ian Frazier, and Gerald Durrell, but more unexpected writers like Thomas Hardy, Kayapo Indian chief Paulinho Paiakan, Ovid, Aborigine Alice Nannup, and Alan (aged eleven) are also represented. Over forty selections of poetry, scripture, fiction, and nonfiction serve to remind the reader of the fragility of our world and the terrible impact of man and technology. The stunning illustrations, woodcuts, watercolors, and collages-both representational and abstract-beautifully complement the text. From Thomas Hardy's bitter poem Throwing a Tree, through John Steinbeck's matter-of-fact explanation of his distaste for hunting, to David Taylor's lovely story of a giant panda saved by three young girls, these pieces will touch the minds and hearts of readers. The book would be a perfect supplement to a classroom unit on ecology, but will also attract young adult browsers. Like any good anthology, it will lead readers to seek out these authors for further reading. The compiler has included useful brief biographies of the authors whose works appear in the collection. Index. Illus. VOYA Codes: 5Q 3P M J S (Hard to imagine it being better written, Will appeal with pushing, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
School Library Journal
Gr 4 UpWhile still in her early teens, this prolific British author began collecting the poetry and bits of prose that make up this powerful anthology about the natural world and human intervention. Many years later she chose her favorite passages to be, in her words, "illuminated" by images as varied in style as the works themselves. The result is a handsome volume, a picture book for older readers, as suitable for dipping as for reading straight through. Allen's selections range in length from a few lines to several pages. She draws from novels set in South Africa and on the U.S. plains, Buddhist scripture, the prophet Isaiah and the Talmud, Native American speeches, Australian Aboriginal recollections, philosophy and science, naturalists' observations of the past and present, a child's bird-watching experience, and poetry. The quotations are set in varying type styles mostly on two-page spreads with illustrations concretely connected to the subject. The illustrations are by 30 different artists. The variety of forms and content reinforces the theme of the incredible diversity of the world. For readers with time to reflect, Allen has assembled a chorus of voices to deliver a single message: we have done badly by our world and only we can save it.Kathleen Isaacs, Edmund Burke School, Washington, DC

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763603014
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
04/01/1998
Edition description:
1st U.S. Edition
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
10.14(w) x 9.36(h) x 0.55(d)
Age Range:
10 - 18 Years

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