Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Earth Day Birthday

Earth Day Birthday

Pattie L. Schnetzler
Illustrator:  Chad Wallace 
Picture Book
For ages 4 to 7
Dawn, 2004   ISBN: 978-1584690542

It is Earth Day and every Earth Day the “wide world” gives us a gift, a remarkable gift of nature. On the first Earth Day we are given a “bald eagle in a blue sky,” and on the sixth Earth Day we are given “six owl a-hooting.”

For a total of twelve Earth Day Birthdays this book tells us what the world has given us, reminding us of the beauty and magnificence of the wild animals that live on our planet. The text in this extremely accessible book is presented in a rhyming form similar to that used in “The Twelve Days of Christmas” and indeed the whole text could be sung to the melody of the very popular song. From baby sea turtles, to a pod of whales, and from owls to salmon leaping in a stream, this is both a journey through and a celebration of our beautiful world. Beautifully executed full page paintings capture the grandeur, grace, beauty, and vulnerability of the wild animals described in the text.

At the back of the book the author has included a “Celebrate Earth Day” section which describes how Earth Day came into being and how you can participate in this very special day.