You might remember that at the start of the year I wrote a blog post about my  Most Anticipated Picture Books of 2020 . And I've had the...

My Friend Earth

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 BookBairn 1 Comments

You might remember that at the start of the year I wrote a blog post about my Most Anticipated Picture Books of 2020. And I've had the opportunity to read six of the original ten on the list. What I find interesting is that occasionally when I do those lists I am super excited to read the books and then I don't ever actually get a copy or when I do they disappoint. So I thought it would be interesting to look back on the ones that I got and see if they lived up to my expectations.

There have been many depictions of Earth as a living thing in stories from 'Mother Earth' to Gaia. And this new picture book also personifies Earth. 

Earth wakes up from her long winter slumber and takes care of the smallest of creatures to the biggest, from the heights of the skies to the depths of the oceans. She fills the streams, rivers and oceans with rain. And dries the lands that flood. She blows autumn winds and when the cold returns she ticks all the hibernating animals in before curling up herself. 

Our friend Earth does so many wonderful things. With poetic text, Earth is brought to life as a character that children will love. But it’s the spectacular illustrations, and clever use of die-cuts and flaps, that really invite young readers inside the story.

And there’s a deeper message that will appeal to readers if all ages too. This book celebrates everything Earth does for us and inspires us to be a good friend in return. A truly beautiful book!

Happy reading
Kim and the bairns x

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