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Rachel Bate Author Interview

Tierra Day follows a woman who, with the help of her animal friends, organizes a clean-up day for the human and animal community. What was the inspiration for your story?

I was inspired to write “Tierra Day” (Earth Day), contemplating all the litter I have noticed in my neighborhood, local and interstate highways, and bringing this awareness through writing a book for children. I also thought about various animal habitats and how litter may affect their livelihoods. Children are our future leaders, and as I have a quote by Rachel Carson as a dedication page: “In nature nothing exists alone.” Keeping our Earth clean is a community effort with everyone graciously doing their part.

What educational aspects were important for you to include in this children’s book?

As a retired teacher, I felt the overall message of Earth Day being a community effort, was very important. Also, including a glossary, vocabulary, and fun facts about Earth Day may be used as opportunities for collaboration in an educational setting of the classroom for teachers, outdoor education, or within family outings at State and National Parks.

The art in this book is beautiful. What was the art collaboration process like with illustrator Rebecca Jacob?

Rebecca is my older sister of whom I admire her artistic talent immensely and we work very well as a creative team. I usually write my stories and then she reads them, beginning her wonderful illustration process. We correspond frequently through phone calls, text messages, and emails. She works out of her art studio in Pennsylvania and visits me in New Mexico during the summer for inspiration of the New Mexico landscape and critters on our outdoor hikes, road trips, rafting, and scenic adventures.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I have been thinking about another book soon for children that would continue to include New Mexico critters, humor, rhyme, juicy vocabulary, and lesson(s) to contemplate.

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Litter is everywhere! What can Tierra and her critter friends do to help solve this problem? Find out what glorious solution Eli Eagle shares with his friends about all the pollution!

Tierra Day

When Tierra joins her eagle friend Eli for a walk along a nature trail, they are dismayed at the amount of trash scattered around the landscape. They meet up with Monte Mountain Lion on the trail and brainstorm ways to clean up land together. They devise a plan to hold Tierra Day on Earth Day, a celebration and community clean-up event to help humans and animals.

Tierra Day, written by Rachel Bate, is an inspiring children’s book that teaches the importance of recycling and cleaning up after yourself. The story talks about how keeping the Earth clean is a community effort. One person alone can not do it all, and this story highlights the value of getting the entire community involved. The animals even work together to surprise the humans on this special day.

The artwork done by Rebecca Jacob is beautiful and colorful. The paintings will appeal to children with their vivid colors and textures. I especially liked Monty; his expressions made me laugh.

At the end of this educational book is a fact sheet on Earth Day and a glossary; this makes it perfect for classrooms and teachers to use for a lesson on Earth Day. Many children’s books on Earth Day focus just on actually cleaning up and the importance of recycling. What stood out for me in this book was that the planning was discussed. The author emphasizes how important it is to get the word out and get involvement from the community, even the Mayor and Governor. This shows children that it is the responsibility of all people, no matter how important their jobs are, to help keep the Earth clean and trash-free.

Tierra Day is a well-thought-out and written children’s book with an important message about doing your part to keep your community clean. This book would be excellent for anyone who wants to teach children the importance of recycling and how taking care of the Earth impacts not just humans but the animals we share the planet with.

Pages: 38 | ASIN : B0BGZXNCWV

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