Book Review: 'Let the Whole Earth Sing Praise'

An inspiring book of thanks for the wonderful world in which we live, in the inimitable style of Tomie de Paola. Photo: Julie Maris/Semel

WASHINGTON, November 2, 2011 — Tomie de Paola’s latest offering, Let the Whole Earth Sing Praise, is a book that expresses an appreciation and respect for the world in which we live. This eco friendly tale is a thankful ode in praise of each and every aspect of the earth, sea, sky, and humanity as well.

Tomie de Paola (pronounced “Tommy da-POW-la”) is best known for the many books he’s written for children. A published writer for over forty years, he’s written and/or illustrated nearly 250 books, which have collectively sold over fifteen million copies worldwide. 

Tomie de Paola's cover art for his newest volume.

Tomie de Paola’s cover art for his newest volume.

The favorite author of generations of readers, de Paola’s latest offering skillfully and artistically captures the beauty of our planet in his distinctive, folk art style. Employing language inspired by the Old Testament, and illustrations based on the embroidery work of the Otomi people from Mexico, de Paola’s present volume is in many ways a cultural treasure. 

Aside from its memorable visuals and moving language, Let the Whole Earth Sing Praise is a treasure to share with friends and family alike. It brings readers a unique, refreshing way of thinking about our world that’s bound to spark many an interesting conversation. 

As a gift for those with young children, or for friends and family of all ages, Let the Whole Earth Sing Praise is eminently appropriate for gift giving as 2011 draws to a close with that annual pair of big family holidays—Christmas and Thanksgiving—close at hand.

Not surprisingly, Tomie De Paola has been honored with medals and awards from the Smithsonian Institution, the University of Minnesota, and the Catholic Library Association. Additionally, the American Library Association has honored him more recently with a Caldecott Honor Book Award, a Newbery Honor Book Award, and the 2011 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for his “substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.” 

De Paola cruising with his pal Brontë the Airedale.

De Paola cruising with his pal Brontë the Airedale. (Credit: Julie Maris/Semel.)

He was selected, in 1999, to receive the New Hampshire Governor’s Arts Award of Living Treasure, and has received honorary doctorates from Georgetown University, the University of Connecticut, and the Pratt Institute. 

A special thanks to Tomie de Paola must be made for sharing his glorious perspective on the world with the world in his latest book. Enjoy!


Let the Whole Earth Sing Praise, by Tomie de Paola. New York: Putnam Juvenile, 2011. 32pp. Illustrated. (ISBN 9780399254789).


Read more book reviews in The Written Word at The Communities at the Washington Times. Cecie O’Bryon England is the editor of Arts and Literature at Donne Tempo Magazine.

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Cecie O'Bryon England is a writer, reader, and artist who lives with her husband, the musician, John Henry England, and their two children, in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

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