My Busy Green Garden
Written by Terry Pierce. Illustrated by Carol Schwartz.
Tilbury House, 2017.
A lyrical tribute to the bugs, bees and birds that make the garden such a busy place. With each page turn, more visitors appear, and all the while the “surprise”—a chrysalis—changes unnoticed until, on the last page, a butterfly emerges and flies away.
School Library Journal: “The text is repetitive with strong rhyme and an abundant dance of action verbs, well-suited to the portrayal of the bustling garden… The visuals provide depth to the simple text, with vibrant colors and rich details…
Verdict: An engaging read-aloud for young children and new readers, with a lot to discover among the diversity of both the flora and fauna shown in the illustrations.”
The Midwest Book Review: “My Busy Green Garden is a rhyming children’s picturebook about the bustle of insect and natural life in a lush green garden. Charming illustrations perfectly complement the singsong rhyme, and a final page of fascinating animal facts round out this delightful storybook. My Busy Green Garden is just plain fun to read aloud, and highly recommended.”
Mama Loves You So
Written by Terry Pierce. Illustrated by Simone Shin.
Little Simon, 2017.
With a lilting lullaby text and lovely illustrations, the New Books for Newborns stories are the perfect first books for new parents to share with their littles ones. This book celebrates a mother’s love trumping even majestic mother nature…a mama’s love is higher than a mountain and deeper than any stream.
Kirkus Review: “All mamas love their babies, whether human or animal. ‘Higher than an eagle flies, pure as sparkling snow, / stronger than a stony peak, / Mama loves you so.’ The rhyming verse unfurls similar sentiments across each double-page spread. The autumn-toned art… sets these verses in various animal habitats, including an eyrie in the mountains, the woods where fox and bear mother-and-child dyads explore, and a tree with dangling possum and joey…A lovely lullaby…”