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Praise for LIVING SUNLIGHT: HOW PLANTS BRING THE EARTH TO LIFE:
* "If a good picture book does what it sets out to do, a great one sets out to do something huge and succeeds. . . . An outstanding book to read and absorb."--BOOKLIST, starred review
- "Chisholm, a professor of ecology, expands on the theme [photosynthesis], while the intense greens of Bang's gouaches bring it vibrantly to life."--THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
- "LIVING SUNLIGHT is less a tutorial on photosynthesis than a magnificent celebration of life."--NATURAL HISTORY

Praise for MY LIGHT:
* "A lovely and illuminating book that presents sound science while expressing the wonder of flipping a switch and flooding a room with light."--BOOKLIST, starred review
- "Bang's imagery and word choice provide a vivid text for her readers. And then there are the illustrations: phenomenal only begins to explain Bang's choices in her use of color and composition. . . . This is a picture book that should be found in all libraries."--CHILDREN'S LITERATURE

About the Author

Molly Bang has written and illustrated more than twenty books for young readers, including WHEN SOPHIE GETS ANGRY--REALLY, REALLY ANGRY...; TEN, NINE, EIGHT; and THE GREY LADY AND THE STRAWBERRY SNATCHER, each of which were Caldecott Honor books. Bang divides her time between Falmouth, Massachusetts, and Norther California.

Penny Chisholm is a professor at MIT where she has been teaching Ecology for over thirty years. She and her students do research on phytoplankton—tiny plants that feed all life in the oceans. Her research was most recently awarded the Agassiz Medal of the National Academy of Sciences.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 770L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: The Blue Sky Press (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545273226
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545273220
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.2 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Molly Bang is an award winning children's book illustrator and author. Her
works include 3 Caldecott Honor Books: Ten, Nine, Eight, The Grey Lady and the
Strawberry Snatcher, and When Sophie Gets Angry - Really, Really Angry, which
also won a Jane Addams Honor Award and the Arbuthnot Award. The Paper Crane
won the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award in 1987; Goose won the School of Library
Journal Best Book of 1996 and another work, Common Ground: The Water, Earth,
and Air We Share, won the prestigious Giverny Book Award in 1998 for the best
children's science picture book. Her latest book, My Light, is an ALA Notable
book.

Her only work for adults is Picture This, which shows how an understanding of
the most basic principles enable a person to build powerful pictures. It is
used by art and graphic departments in colleges around the country.

Bang received her bachelor degree from Wellesley in French, and Masters in
Far Eastern Studies at the University of Arizona and at Harvard. She has also
worked as a reporter; as an educator for public health projects in Bangladesh
and in Mali, West Africa, incorporating information on maternal and child
health into stories; and as a teacher in colleges.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Naomi on May 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My family (3yrs to adult) loves this book! Through gorgeous, detailed illustrations, we learned so much about phytoplankton, the food chain, and ocean life. Another amazing book by Molly Bang!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on January 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is the one.

Of all the ocean food chain books, you should absolutely get this one. It's perfect for every age in your family, and the illustrations are simply wonderful. Great, great instructional book. This is one to give as a techer gift for the classroom or to your favorite niece or nephew.

Other food chain books we have liked:

Who Eats What? by Patricia Lauber Who Eats What? Food Chains and Food Webs (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science, Stage 2)
The Magic School Bus Gets Eaten the magic school bus gets eaten

And for older kids, DO NOT MISS Far From Shore by Sophie Webb. You must read this book! Far from Shore: Chronicles of an Open Ocean Voyage
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Debra VINE VOICE on April 2, 2013
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I love the illustrations in the book and how it presents a complicated topic in a way that is accessible to children. Specifically it does a beautiful job of explaining how the oceans are vital to land life. I had no idea that 50% of our oxygen comes from phytoplankton, for example. It does a beautiful job of explaining the ocean food chain in a really poetic but scientifically accurate way. We checked it out from the library and I ended up buying it, which I almost never do. It was interesting enough that my kids want to read it repeatedly, just like any fiction storybook.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marlene Martin on May 6, 2013
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This contains complex information about ocean eco systems in a format that is understandable and attractive to children. The illustrations are marvelous.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Nierman on January 19, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I am a diver and ocean lover, so I was psyched to look at "Ocean Sunlight." This book is a treasure for all ages. The book simply explains the scientific basics of how the sun triggers nature to produce the elements we need to live. Mainly, AIR! People rarely remember that we pump out CO2 and inhale oxygen. Where does that oxygen come from? Molly Bang wrote some earlier children's books on land based plants, the sun, and other subjects along this line, but this book focuses on the deep ocean. People don't realize that half our breathable air comes from the tiny organisms in the deep ocean. The book illustrates an important conservation point for both kids and adults to learn (or reinforce). The greatest thing about this book, besides the importance of the content, is that the art is incredible. I wonder what sort of research Molly Bang did to create her images of microscopic sea life? Ernst Haeckel would be proud of her modern and accessible representations of tiny and rare organisms. And her images of macroscopic sea life shimmer and glow! I also appreciate that at the end of the book are detailed explanations of the ideas presented so that young kids and older kids (AKA adults) can learn even more. I loved this gorgeous book.
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