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Earth Mother by Ellen Jackson
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An African woman is depicted as the earth mother walking throughout the land bringing needed rain, wind, nectar, and other facets of nature. Along the way she talks to man who can't stand the mosquitoes, frog who can't stand man, and a mosquito who can't stand frogs. Earth mother listens and then goes about her business and the reader is supposed to make the connection that all creatures are important to the life cycle.

The illustrations are by Leo and Diane Dillon who won Caldecott medals for Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears and Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions. The pictures show a natural, but ethereal Black woman whose traditional African robes change pattern depending on which part of nature she is currently caring for.

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