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The Earth Is My Mother Hardcover – Bargain Price, January 4, 2000

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Grade 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 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About 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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: The Greenwich Workshop Press (January 4, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 086713044X
  • ASIN: B000MTEWHG
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,791,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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THE EARTH IS MY MOTHER is the tale of a girl named "Star" -- a spunky 11-year and a true heroine. EMM has been beautifully illustrated by Bev Doolittle--known for her "camouflage" Native American and wildlife artwork. Since millions of dollars from the proceeds of Ms. Doolittle's works have gone to support the National Wildlife Federation, you can imagine the major theme of this book is the preservation of the wilderness. The storyline is based on Ms. Doolittle's concept but the text was actually written by Elise Maclay, author of two books of poetry, "Approaching Autumn" and "Green Winter." EMM is a feast for the ear and the eye.
I cannot praise this book enough as it reflects all my core beliefs--that girls can be strong, brave, and caring individuals, that traditional cultures have much to teach us, that we are all part of the great circle of life, and that we are made from stardust and the earth is our mother.
As a childhood fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder's stories, Thorton Burgess' "Old Mother West Wind" tales, and fan of American Indian traditions and lore as well as a lover of the great outdoors, I was pleased to discover a book I could hand to my granddaughters with these words, "You want to know what life is about? read this book."
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This is a beautifully written adventure story set in the Southwest which my son and daughter, ages 10 and 11, both loved. It made a terrific family 'read aloud' for all of us. Like most kids today, they are conservationists and lovers of nature and Native American lore. The author artfully sets forth an important environmental issue, destruction of habitat, in an adventure-story format. The 11 year old heroine, Sarah, is brave and delightful, wrestling not only with saving the earth but family difficulties my kids empathized with. The illustrations by Bev Doolittle -- 'camoflague' art the kids loved to piece together -- are gorgeous. We loved it! I'm ordering a few copies for friends -- it's a great summer read for kids.
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By A Customer on May 18, 2000
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When an eleven years old girl, wise beyond her years, deeply feels for the earth and its endless bounty of beauty and truth embarks on a journey that encompasses the circle of life. Her "vision quest" begins to save a magical canyon. Capturing justice with her camera she finds that in her photography along with the assistance of the media, they are able to give back to Mother Earth and its preservation of truth, beauty and the pursuit of happiness. It is recommended for young adults, however, the spirit of this book can touch anyone and it's art is too real!
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When I first looked at this book, I rolled my eyes. The Earth is My Mother? But when I opened the book, and I began to read, something made me want to cry, and make a difference. I understand Sarah's love for nature, and the inspiring tale of her makes me want to stand up and save the world. The way all her snapshots oddly made one picture of a mother, HER mother, OUR Mother, it just made me so happy. This book looked so..well..stupid, and right now, I can hardly believe my previous thoughts about it. I practically hugged this book. The next day, when I almost littered, I stopped myself, because I remembered this book. A life changing tale about a girl who makes a difference...all for her dead mother, and though she didn't know it, for herself...to protect Magic Canyon.

Another "earth" book I love for the illustrations is:
Dear Children of the Earth.
I also love a novel about how hope can work miracles, that is an all-time FAVORITE of mine:
The Secret Garden
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By Carla Meyer on February 18, 2016
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Like this book a lot. I mostly like the picture that is in the back. She makes me smile and I wish I had the nerve
to tear it out and frame it. If I did that, it would hurt the book. That isn't going to happen.
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I love Bev Doolittle's art! I don't believe that she gets the recognition she deserves out there in the art world. The lady who collaborates with her to write the stories to accentuate Doolittle's art needs to be canned.
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A story that leaves you wondering what really happened. Great one for my young niece who had just traveled in the Southwest. Bev Doolittle's paintings have been a long time favorite of mine. These are wonderful and with an make the wonder of the story come to life in a surprise twist. Don't peek at the end painting. It's more powerful at the end of the story.
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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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