My Friend Earth by Patricia Maclachlan, illustrated by Francesca Sanna

Published by Chronicle Books My Friend Earth: (Earth Day Books with ...

Let's Talk Picture Books: MY FRIEND EARTH

Summary:  “My friend Earth wakes from a winter nap,” says the narrator on page 1, with a flap that changes a sleeping girl into one who has just woken up.  The flap also reveals a hole in the snowbank (and the page) with a robin peeping out.  Turn the page, and it’s spring, with Earth hearing the sounds of that season.  The narrative goes through the year, as Earth sees and hears the rhythms and changes of each season.  And she’s not just a passive listener: she guides and guards animals, pours summer rain down, and blows autumn winds.  Finally, snow has fallen once again, and Earth settles down for a rest, ending up where she started.  44 pages; ages 4-8.

Pros:  An unusual way to represent Earth and look at the seasons.  Kids will love the busy illustrations with die-cuts that offer a hint of what’s coming on the next page.

Cons:  Those flaps and die cuts often don’t hold up well in the library.  The copy I borrowed from my library had already been ripped and repaired.

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