Mother Earth’s Lullaby: A Song for Endangered Animals
Author: Terry Pierce
Illustrator: Carol Heyer
Publisher: Tilbury House Publishers, 2018
It’s time for bed. As the day ends and night closes in, we say goodnight to a selection of baby animals of endangered species. The giant panda, the yellow-footed rock wallaby, the California condor, the Polar bear, the American red wolf, the Sumatran tiger, the Javan rhinoceros, the Red-tailed Amazon parrot, the Vaquita dolphin, the Northern spotted owl, the Hawaiian goose, and the Key deer snuggle in close with their mothers. Pictured in their native habitats, the animals rest and are at peace.
At the end of the book, there is a short informational paragraph about each of the endangered species. There is also information about success stories. The Indian rhino, green sea turtles, Trumpeter swans, and the bald eagle have all made recoveries off the endangered species list. I would have liked to see them included on the pages, too. It is encouraging to know that our efforts to save animals have made a difference.
The illustrations begin with a mom reading to her two young children, cuddling close as they share the story. We go through the pages of baby animals and their moms, also cuddling close as they prepare for night, until we come full circle. Mom is looking at the book as her two young children have drifted off to sleep. It’s very soothing – the perfect bedtime story.