Jump aboard the White Feather Flier, a magical plane that can go wherever you want. Just press a button printed on the page, and point the plane up in the air to fly, or down to land it.
The Flier’s mission is to transport readers around the world, to engage them in helping to save the environment, and to teach one and all to love our planet.
Fly to the top of a mountain. Send clean water to thirsty people. Dive deep into the ocean (the Flier turns into a submarine!) to pick up pollution and bring back the fish.
Explore the planet, meet new people, and help make the world a better place.
An inspiring, lyrical story, rooted in Lennon’s life and work, with beautiful illustrations that bring the faraway world closer to young children.
The book includes words to a special poem written by Julian Lennon, specifically for Touch the Earth.
Touch The Earth is the first book in a planned trilogy.
A portion of the proceeds from books sales will go to support the environmental and humanitarian efforts of the White Feather Foundation.
Julian Lennon Teaches Eco Awareness in New Children’s Book – with a Tender Nod to His Rock-Legend Dad
Julian Lennon is teaching children how to “Imagine” a better world — and build it themselves.
Like his rock-icon father John Lennon, the 54-year-old musician, photographer, film producer and activist is using his art as a rallying cry.
With a little help from his friends, New York Times bestselling author Bart Davis and Croatian illustrator Smiljana Coh, he’s written Touch the Earth, the first in a planned trilogy of illustrated books designed to educate children on the fragile beauty of the planet — and what they can do to protect it.
Out Tuesday (just ahead of Earth Day on April 22), a portion of the proceeds will go to support the efforts of Lennon’s White Feather Foundation, which fights for environmental and humanitarian causes across the globe.
Lennon spoke to PEOPLE about Touch the Earth, its message and its touching connection to his late father.
“[John] mentioned once [that] should he ever pass, a way he would let me know that he was OK … would be in the form of a white feather,” singer said
Julian Lennon addresses the critical urgency of pollution in his new children’s book, Touch the Earth, out this week. The story focuses on a group of kids flying the globe on a plane named the White Feather Flier – a name inspired by Lennon’s dad, John – to learn about the planet’s desperate need for filtration, irrigation and ocean life protection, The Associated Press reports.
“We’ve failed miserably in looking after our environment. I think this is a great way to approach children into realizing what’s at stake, and to help educate and help them make decisions about the right things to do for the future,” Lennon told the AP. “It’s for those with inquiring minds who are asking, ‘Why’?”
Touch the Earth, co-written by Bart Davis and illustrated by Smiljana Coh, is the first of three children’s books Lennon is planning in conjunction with White Feather Foundation, the songwriter’s environmental and humanitarian organization.
Lennon told the AP that the foundation’s name was inspired by a “very odd” remark from his dad, John Lennon, during one of the rare occasion when they saw each other. “He mentioned once [that] should he ever pass, a way he would let me know that he was OK, or that we were all going to be OK, would be in the form of a white feather,” he said.
The singer said he learned of the White Feather story by an Aboriginal tribal elder from the Mirning tribe during a tour behind his fifth LP, 1998’s Photograph Smile. “[It] definitely took my breath away,” he wrote, adding, “The White Feather has always represented peace to me, as well as communication.”
“It was a freaky moment, but one I took to heart immediately,” Lennon told the AP. “I realized that this was about stepping up to the plate now and, you know, I can sing all I want about this stuff but am I actually going to do something about it? So I spent 10 years making a documentary [2006’s Whaledreamers] about the Mirning people.”
After that life-altering moment, the singer launched his foundation, which has worked with clean water initiatives and health clinics in countries like Kenya and Ethiopia. A portion of proceeds from Touch the Earth will benefit the foundation.
Lennon added that his humanitarian work is carried out to honor his mother (and John Lennon’s first wife), Cynthia, who died in 2015. “That was all based around wanting to make her proud,” he said. “I try to continue all the work that I do in her name.”