Synopses & Reviews
An adaptation of Esko-Pekka Tiitinens internationally known childrens play, the story of endangered species from all over the world coming together to save the planet instills in children the importance of being environmentally conscious. An elderly owl and a whale help a dove make the long journey home to Africa, but once they arrive, they find that a desert has taken over the once-lush forest. With the cooperation of other animals, a human, the sun, the water, and a favorable wind, they can sow the seeds of life again. This beautifully illustrated fable deals with many themes, including solidarity, respect for nature, overcoming obstacles by helping one another, and the benefits of teamwork.
"Finnish author Esko-Pekka Tiitinen offers a parable about kinship and caring for the environment, based on his play of the same name. When a dove gets lost, an owl helps her fly back to Africa; along the way, the birds meet a whale that saves its beached brothers and sisters. When they discover that the dove's forest has become a desert, the wind carries a message to other animals, urging them to take part in replanting. The story is a bit of a guilt trip the whales beach themselves 'to say to the humans that the sea belongs to us, too,' and the animals literally water a tree with their tears. But Nikolai Tiitinen creates a hopeful atmosphere with soulful animals set against compositions of blazing fire and cool earth tones. Ages 5 up." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Esko-Pekka Tiitinen is an award-winning Finnish author and artist. He has written more than 20 books in addition to opera librettos, television scripts, and plays for theater and radio. His childrens play Drops of Life has been performed in more than 80 countries and supports the campaign of ENO (Environment Online), a global virtual school and network for sustainable development. Nikolai Tiitinen is an award-winning graphic designer and illustrator. His illustrations for Drops of Life won third place at the Mikkeli Illustration Triennial.