Friday, June 21, 2019

Every Day! The Sun Shines Everywhere by Mary Ann Hoberman

Some children live in Paris
And others live in Rome.
Some children dwell in New Rochelle
And some call China home.

Some children live in Delhi
And some in Delaware.
It doesn't matter where you live--
The sun shines everywhere.

When you think about it, the sun is pretty much the sine qua non, the "without which nothing" exists for us earth dwellers....
Our sun once shone on dinosaurs
And beasts that are no more.
It shone on oceans full of fish
And seashells washed ashore.

We and the sun go way back! Throughout human history, the sun's never missed a day. Oh, sometimes it's cloudy with rain or snow, but we'll see it soon, we always know. It shines when we're cold and when we're hot; it doesn't care if we like it or not.

The sun is dependable; that's its job, and that's the way we like it, in Mary Ann Hoberman's latest salute to the sun, The Sun Shines Everywhere (Little, Brown and Company, 2019). Author Hoberman, author of the National Book Award-winning A House Is a House for Me, knows how to create rhythmic rhyming stories that are a joy to read aloud and as joy to listen to, and illustrator Luciano Lozano gives youngsters plenty to see in his active illustrations of kids doing everything under the sun everywhere the sun shines, coast to coast and pole to pole. A happy heliocentric book to celebrate the summer solstice!

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