Julian Lennon Releases Children's Book About Environment, Recalls Dad John Lennon's Poignant Words
Julian Lennon is releasing a children's book about the environment. "Touch the Earth" heads to store shelves in time for Earth Day on April 22 but online orders are underway. It's the first in a trilogy for ages three to six.
The son of Beatles legend John Lennon said he got the idea of releasing a book when his friend suggested he reach out to the children's demographics in his line of work. He described "Touch the Earth" as a reminder of the world's beautiful resources and the challenges humans face in taking care of Mother Nature, as per People.
Apart from being a book on the environment, however, "Touch the Earth" is also about a child's relationship with his parents. "This [children's book] is about making that connection with your parents and trying to understand how important that is when growing up," he said, according to Today.
Julian, a 54-year-old musician and a philanthropist, also created the White Feather Foundation based on his father's poignant words before his death. During a tour in Australia two decades ago, aborigines presented him with a white feather as a gift and it gave him goosebumps.
"Dad said that if something ever happened to him, to let me know that he's OK and that we're going to be OK, it would be in the form of a white feather," Julian said. He took this as a challenge from his dad to "step up to the plate" and so he created the foundation.
Julian's parents divorced when he was only 5-years-old. Julian, who is John's son with ex-wife Cynthia, and his dad had a rough relationship. Julian, however, said forgiveness in their family happened a long time ago.
Julian told "22 Minutes" in a recent guest interview that he would want a chance to speak to his father as an adult for 22 minutes. "To know him as an adult would be a quite special thing," Julian said, as per CBS New York. "I just want to talk to him about being an adult, how he dealt with it all, and how we remain sane within it."