Books as Gift Guide

Books make the best gifts. I may be a little biased, but I love giving books as gifts. I think they offer a personal connection. You are either saying, I loved this book and I think you will too. Or, I know you love cats, science, history, etc so I thought this would be a great book for you. It means you have listened to them when they have shared something with you and that you took the time to notice. To see all the posts in this series, click HERE


Mother Earth's Lullaby


A Song for Endangered Animals

By: Terry Pierce

Illustrated by: Carol Heyer

Published: October 16, 2018

Publisher: Tilbury House



Some of my favorite books to read to our kids were bedtime stories involving baby animals. This would have definitely been a favorite of mine to read and get our kids into the bedtime mood.

With poetic prose, the animals of the world are quietly heading off to sleep. The beauty of this book is that it features well-known and likely never heard of animals that are considered endangered. When I read this book to first graders today and asked them what an endangered animal was, I got various responses related to injury or harm until a sweet little boy said, “animals that are in danger of disappearing”. I was so proud that he knew that because I didn’t expect any of them to know what it was. From a panda (known) to a wallaby and condor (not known) to a sweet family of tiger cubs (known) the kids oohed and aahed as I turned the pages and they saw the adorable animals curled up or preparing to go to sleep.

Through the deep blue and brown colors on the pages, the mood is set that it is time to quiet down and get ready for sleep. The rhyming gives the story a song-like quality, much like a lullaby…..hence the title. Mother Earth is going through the world saying goodnight to all her precious animals and the children get to go along for the journey.  The end of the book includes a paragraph about each animal, where they live, and why they are considered endangered.
The beautifully, detailed illustrations of each animal almost make you feel like they can come right off the pages. The Northern Spotted Owl in flight looks like he could fly right off the page. This is one of those books that will stay in a family forever because of the quality of the book and memories of cuddling at bedtime.


Author Terry Pierce

Terry Pierce – source

Terry Pierce was a Montessori teacher for 22 years before writing children’s books. She has written over 23 books. She serves on the board of the educational non-profit organization Whaletimes, Inc. and is an instructor in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.  She is now a full-time writer and often visits schools to share her books. For more check out her website, HERE. To see all of her books, click HERE.

Carol Heyer is a full-time illustrator and writer. Previously, she was a production designer for a movie production company. You can see other books by Carol Heyer, HERE.


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