Library Journal Review
PreS-K-A child offers thanks to the sun for giving light, to bees for honey, to sheep for wool, to clouds for rain, and, ultimately, to the planet: "Earth gives us our home. Thank you, Earth." Short sentences with the refrain "thank you" accompany Yuly's equally minimalist mixed-media illustrations. Despite the simplicity of text and artwork, this book delivers a powerful message about appreciating the environment and its gifts and the interconnectedness of the ecosystems. VERDICT Pair with Todd Parr's The Earth Book or Britta Teckentrup's Bee: A Peek-Through Picture Book for a nature-themed storytime.-Yelena Alekseyeva-Popova, formerly at Chappaqua Library, NY © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Booklist Review
Yuly reminds readers of the importance of appreciating the natural world. Using spare text and simply styled illustrations, she enumerates seven environmental items, explains the reasons for their importance, and offers direct expression of thanks. Sun gives us light, declares a boy at a window looking outside at the sun. The following spread, Thank you, sun, depicts the large orb from outside the house. Later pages note that bees give us honey, sheep wool, clouds rain, trees wood, dirt plants, and the earth our home. The collage artwork (created with ink, tissue paper, fabric, wood, and digital effects) emphasizes classic primary and secondary colors, set against mostly white backgrounds. Objects are kept minimalist (the sun's rays, for example, are depicted as narrow pie-shaped wedges), and observers will enjoy following the boy and an unmentioned red bird as they go about their daily activities. Brief enough to hold even a toddler's attention, this will suit story hours ranging from Thanksgiving to Earth Day.--Weisman, Kay Copyright 2017 Booklist