TOUCH THE EARTH by Julian Lennon

TOUCH THE EARTH

From the "Julian Lennon White Feather Flier Adventure" series, volume 1
by with ; illustrated by
Age Range: 6 - 8
BUY NOW FROM
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

A pro bono Twinkie of a book invites readers to fly off in a magic plane to bring clean water to our planet’s oceans, deserts, and brown children.

Following a confusingly phrased suggestion beneath a soft-focus world map to “touch the Earth. Now touch where you live,” a shake of the volume transforms it into a plane with eyes and feathered wings that flies with the press of a flat, gray “button” painted onto the page. Pressing like buttons along the journey releases a gush of fresh water from the ground—and later, illogically, provides a filtration device that changes water “from yucky to clean”—for thirsty groups of smiling, brown-skinned people. At other stops, a tap on the button will “help irrigate the desert,” and touching floating bottles and other debris in the ocean supposedly makes it all disappear so the fish can return. The 20 children Coh places on a globe toward the end are varied of skin tone, but three of the four young saviors she plants in the flier’s cockpit as audience stand-ins are white. The closing poem isn’t so openly parochial, though it seldom rises above vague feel-good sentiments: “Love the Earth, the moon and sun. / All the children can be one.”

“It’s time to head back home,” the narrator concludes. “You’ve touched the Earth in so many ways.” Who knew it would be so easy to clean the place up and give everyone a drink? (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: April 11th, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-5107-2083-1
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2017




OUR CRITICS' TAKES ON MORE BESTSELLERS

See full list >
Cover art for BECOMING
VERDICT:
BUY IT
Cover art for PETE THE CAT'S 12 GROOVY DAYS OF CHRISTMAS
VERDICT:
SKIP IT
Cover art for LITTLE DREAMERS
VERDICT:
BORROW IT
Cover art for P IS FOR PTERODACTYL
VERDICT:
BORROW IT

MORE BY SMILJANA COH

ChildrenHEAL THE EARTH by Julian Lennon
by Julian Lennon
ChildrenPRINCESSES ON THE RUN by Smiljana Coh
by Smiljana Coh

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenENOUGH WATER? by Firefly Books
by Firefly Books
ChildrenANNA CARRIES WATER by Olive Senior
by Olive Senior
ChildrenLUZ MAKES A SPLASH by Claudia Dávila
by Claudia Dávila