My Friend Earth
My Friend Earth
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My Friend Earth

Written by Patricia MacLachlan & illustrated by Francesca Sanna
Published by Chronicle Books
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Poetic text and beautifully-colored, intricately-layered die cuts combine for an inspiring celebration of Mother Earth.

Upon waking from her winter nap, Mother Earth begins her journey caring for the earth in all of its glorious variety—spurring the seasons, guiding the animals, and treasuring the tiniest creatures. Even when she pours down too much rain and causes a flood, Mother Earth is shown afterward lovingly wringing out the trees. “She guards all the creatures in all the oceans” and “sprinkles the snow,” performing all of her duties before settling into a hopeful sleep to wait for spring. Sanna’s loving, calm, and happy personification of the earth matches Newberry Medal winner MacLachlan’s gentle, thoughtful, and poetic tribute to “My friend Earth.” While some lines are tricky to read aloud on the first try—“the black manta rays sleek like shadows”—the sparkling diction of “sun-dappled wild horses” and admirable alliterations—“the baby black bears are born in soft darkness”—create an altogether tender and tickling flow. Less a story and more a remarkably depicted ode to Mother Earth, this book inspires a greater appreciation for nature and the planet.

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  • This book talks about earth and the wonderful aspects of nature. What things in nature are you most grateful for?
  • The story talks about earth through winter, spring, summer, and fall. Do you have a favorite season? What makes it your favorite?


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Book Details

Publication Date
February 25, 2020
Text Details
Typeset in Sonopa.
Illustration Details
The illustrations in this book were rendered in pencil, ink, and digital painting.
Page Count
Reading Age
3 - 5 years
Lib. of Congress (LCCN)
WorldCat Number (OCLC)

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