Cover image for Earthsong
Rogers, Sally.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Dutton Children's Books, [1998]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Verses about various animals, from one right whale calf to eleven gray wolf pups and on to fifty python eggs, present the plight of some threatened species. Includes information about the different animals mentioned.
General Note:
"Based on the popular song 'Over in the endangered meadow."
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.2 0.5 21359.
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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books

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Warm illustrations and the rhythm of a traditional song carry an important reminder for new generations.

Read it. Sing it. Enjoy it. Learn from it. This picture book for the preschool set, based on acclaimed singer-songwriter Sally Rogers' popular song "Over in the Endangered Meadow", offers a host of pleasures. Its rhyming text, which revolves around dialogue between parents and their offspring, both human and animal, can be read aloud and also sung to the traditional tune "Over in the Meadow". As the words roll along, the book proves to be a glimpse of animal families and a counting vehicle wrapped into one. In addition to the right whale, ten other endangered animals are named: panda bear, Bengal tiger, Asiatic lion, black-footed ferret, sun conure, Gila monster, leatherback turtle, gray wolf, American crocodile, and Indian python. Notes at the back give additional information.

Children will enjoy how the warmly stylized art brings all the animals into a quilt that symbolizes the unity of everything on Earth. "Share!" said my grandpa. "Let's share this place./And take care of Mother Earth as she spins through space".

Author Notes

Thomas Singer is a psychiatrist and Jungian Analyst. He is Chair of the Extended Education Committee of the San Francisco C. G. Jung Institute, and the author of Who's the Patient Here and Portraits of the Young Psychotherapist.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-6. Rogers, a popular children's folksinger, transformed the traditional children's song "Over in the Meadow" into the environmentally conscious "Over in the Endangered Meadow." Her version is given new life here as a striking picture book that introduces children to 11 endangered animals from around the world. Mathis' gorgeous illustrations are characterized by rich, color-soaked scenes of desert landscapes, tropical rain forests, and ocean life. The rhyming lyrics, which follow the same pattern as the traditional song, are appropriate for the age group: fun, bouncy, and light on information. For children who want more facts, a closing section provides a paragraph or two about each animal, usually including something about its status as an endangered species. Playing the actual song (found on Rogers' albums Piggyback Planet and Earthsong) would add a nice touch to a story time. Musical notation is also provided. --Lauren Peterson

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3‘Eleven endangered animals from many regions of the world care for their young in this numerical rhyming scheme borrowed from the traditional folk song "Over in the Meadow." Rogers utilizes lyrics she has previously recorded, framing them with opening and closing scenes featuring several children and their grandparents. "`Sing!' said my grandpa. `Let's sing!' said we./And this is what we sang upon my grandpa's knee." Double-page views go on to feature right whales in the north Atlantic Ocean, pandas far away in China, Bengal tigers in the Bangladeshi jungles, several more mammals, rain forest birds, and assorted reptiles. Mathis's simple, folk-style creatures are handsomely grouped in deep-hued, framed paintings. The animals all appear in a quilt grandmother is sewing in the opening scene, and the quilt also serves as rich endpapers. Concluding factual notes on each of the animals expand the simple lesson on caring for the Earth and its creatures, and the music for the song appears on the back of the book jacket. The thrust is both unabashedly didactic and appealing.‘Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.