You Are My Pride: A Love Letter from Your Motherland

Astra. Jan. 2023. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781635923872.
PreS-Gr 3–Earth speaks directly to humanity in this heartfelt poem, beginning its narrative in Africa. “I have a long history and a longer memory. Most of all, I remember you, my offspring of all colors in all corners of the earth.” Earth guides readers through the evolutionary journey of humanity, expressing a special fondness for humans as a favored creation. “Child, I could not protect you from all dangers, but I gave you a clever mind to outwit swifter, stronger predators and to weather fierce storms.” Enhanced by captivating watercolor illustrations, the story delves into human evolution, emphasizing Mother Africa’s profound affection for all living beings. The back matter includes a time line of key species and developments in early human evolution, though there are no sources to support these facts. For those who love picture books in free verse and seeing how humans have changed over time, this is a good read.
VERDICT A recommended addition to large library collections, especially appealing to poetry enthusiasts and those captivated by humanity’s evolutionary tale.

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