From Tree to Sea
illus. by Christopher Silas Neal. 32p. S. & S./Paula Wiseman Bks. Feb. 2019. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481495318.
PreS-Gr 2—"Earth shows me many things" begins this gentle book that bears a powerful message. Each boundless spread depicts children quietly interacting with familiar aspects of the natural world accompanied by poetic observations such as, "Clouds show me how to rise up and float above problems…. A baby bird shows me how not to be afraid to spread my wings and fly…. Soil shows me how to support those around me." The mixed media illustrations in muted colors echo the simplicity of the text and feature a diverse array of young children. Spacious page composition gracefully complements the theme while selective details add interest without distraction. This contemplative book has much to offer solo readers but would be just as effective in group settings and as a bedtime story at the conclusion of a busy or fretful day. Teachers might consider using it to spark Earth Day conversations or to inspire instruction in the practice of meditation or yoga.
VERDICT An original book with wide appeal sure to enhance most collections.

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