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My Friend Earth

Written by Patricia MacLachlan & illustrated by Francesca Sanna
Published by Chronicle Books
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Goodreads Rating - 4.3 / 5.0
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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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Publisher Summary

Celebrate Earth Day with this valentine to our wonderful planet from the Newbery Award–winning author of Sarah, Plain and Tall.

Our friend Earth does so many wonderful things! She tends to animals large and small. She pours down summer rain and autumn leaves. She sprinkles whisper-white snow and protects the tiny seeds waiting for spring.

Readers of all ages will pore over the pages of this spectacular book. Its enticing die-cut pages encourage exploration as its poetic text celebrates everything Earth does for us, all the while reminding us to be a good friend in return.

• Interactive format and kid-friendly art will engage both toddlers and young readers. • A celebration of the natural world and rallying cry for positive action for Planet Earth • Great opportunities to share life science concepts and amazing facts about the environment with children

This beautiful and innovative ode to our natural world will appeal to readers of Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth, The Poet’s Dog, and Thank You, Earth.

What Kind of Book is My Friend Earth

Primarily about:
the environment
science and nature
Earth Day
Illustration Styles:
digital media

Quotes from My Friend Earth

  • “She sees the little . . . And the large . . .”
  • “She tends the prairie where sun-dappled wild horses run / through grasses that swish against their legs.”

Where Does My Friend Earth Stand Out


The “Illustration” badge is awarded to books with exceptional illustrations.

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • 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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The Book Snob Mom
Mom of boys. Lover of Harry Potter, Jane Austen and believes one can never own too many children's books!
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Favorite pastime? Reading with my kids. Just finished Nana Cracks the Case!
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Book-loving mommy-to-be! Recently enjoyed The Hobbit, Becoming, and The Marvelous Magic of Miss Mabel.
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Who Wrote My Friend Earth

Patricia MacLachlan

Patricia MacLachlan is a versatile and prolific author whose titles range from picture books to novels, including the Newbery Medal–winning Sarah, Plain and Tall. Barkus was inspired by the imagined adventures of her neighbor’s dog. She lives in Massachusetts

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Who Illustrated My Friend Earth

Francesca Sanna

Francesca Sanna grew up on the Italian island of Sardinia. She studied illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York and the Academy of Art and Design in Lucerne. Her book The Journey received five starred reviews and was lauded by the New York Times and the Guardian. Francesca currently lives in Zurich, but you can visit her at

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Patricia MacLachlan's Book Dedication

For Rubin and Mara, with love.

Francesca Sanna's Book Dedication

To all the children fighting and caring for our friend Earth.

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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.
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