Friday, March 8, 2019

When the Animals Saved Earth: An Eco-Fable Retold by Alexis York Lumbard Illustrated by Demi Review

When the Animals Saved Earth:
An Eco-Fable

Retold by Alexis York Lumbard
Illustrated by Demi

Earth Day, April 22, 2015, Price: $16.95,
Trim: 10 x 8.75, Page Count: 32 hardcover,

ISBN: 978-1-937786-37-3
Ages 5 and up

On a faraway island the animals live in peace and harmony. But when humans arrive the animals are put to work and maltreated. Brought before the court of the spirit king, and charged with spreading fear and pain throughout the island, the humans must answer for their actions. Inspired by a 1,000 year old animal fable with a fascinating, multi-faith history, this book is an effective tool for teaching about ecology and the prevention of cruelty towards animals.

When the Animals Saved Earth
Book Trailer

 About the Author
Alexis York Lumbard  is the author of the award-winning books  The Conference of the Birds (illustrated by Demi),  Angels (illustrated by Flavia Weedn), Everyone Prays (illustrated by Alireza Sadeghian), and Pine and the Winter Sparrow  (illustrated by Beatriz Vidal).  A busy mother of three, she was motivated to write by her children. With a B.A. in Religious Studies from George Washington University, it is her sincere hope to bring the wisdom and beauty of the world's religions to the eager minds of all young children. One of Alexis' favorite writers, the famous children's book author Tomie dePaola, wrote to her about  The Conference of the Birds , saying "Congratulations on a lovely book. You have made a wonderful contribution to the world of children's literature. . . . Please, keep up the good work!" Alexis lives with her husband and three daughters in Massachusetts.

About the Illustrator    
Demi is the award-winning author of over 130 bestselling children's books, including JesusMaryBuddhaThe Fantastic Adventures of KrishnaRumiSaint Francis of AssisiThe Dalai Lama, and The Legend of Saint Nicholas. Her titles have sold over half a million copies. The Empty Pot was selected by former First Lady Barbara Bush as one of the books to be read on the ABC Radio Network Program Mrs. Bush's Story Time, sponsored by the Children's Literacy Initiative. Demi's book Gandhi was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book and received an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award, while her book on the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad, was named a Kirkus Editors' Choice Award. Major exhibitions of her work have been held in numerous museums in the US, including the Time/Life Gallery in New York, the Botolph Galleries in Boston and Cambridge, and the Los Angeles County Museum. In addition, she represented the US at the First International Children's Book Conference in Beijing, China. She lives with her husband in Washington state.
My Review:

This is another lovely book illustrated by Demi, The page with Earth is beautiful in itself. I liked this book because it shows us that one person can make a difference and save the environment. Whether it be by recycling or by caring for animals. Anyone can make a difference. I like that the animals banded together to save the world and it reminded me of how the lion laid down with the lamb. The hanging meat was a little too much for me in a children's book. however the story had a great ending and a great message. I am giving this book a 4/5. All opinions are my own. 

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