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Anthology for the Earth
by Judy Allen
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0763603015, Hardcover)"This anthology started in my early teens when I was given a stout hardcover notebook," writes award-winning author and editor Judy Allen. "In it I copied out extracts and poems about the natural world that seemed to me important, special, magical." The resulting collection of voices from many cultures is beautiful, as each turn of a page reveals writings from John Muir to Willa Cather to Douglas Adams, perfectly coupled on elegantly designed spreads with artwork from the likes of Quentin Blake and Caldecott winner Peter Sis.
Some of the offerings are sad (lamenting extinction and pollution) and some are glad (celebrating baby birds and rescued pandas), but each is worth more than a moment of reflection. For example, Albert Schweitzer's Civilization and Ethics is excerpted as follows: "The farmer who has mown down a thousand flowers in his meadow as fodder for his cows must be careful on his way home not to strike off in wanton pastime the head of a single flower by the roadside, for he thereby commits a wrong against life without being under the pressure of necessity." More than 40 gorgeously illustrated poems, essays, and excerpts speak to the importance of protecting Earth's fragile ecosystem as well. Anthology for the Earth--a lush, powerful tribute to our planet--is a book to be discovered together and treasured by families and friends. (All ages.)
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An illustrated anthology of poetry and prose about the natural world, by such authors as Rudyard Kipling, Ovid, and Tolstoy.
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