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Illus. in full color. "A comedy about a menagerie of barnyard animals who mistakenly think the sun has forgotten to rise. Designed for children just beginning to read, the story's vocabulary is simple, yet is smoothly written. A good choice."--Booklist.  


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Lexile Measure: 170L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; First edition (September 12, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780394882567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394882567
  • ASIN: 0394882563
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 5, 1999
Format: Paperback
If you don't like to see guns pop up unexpectedly in children's books then don't buy this one. I was thoroughly disappointed to see a gun come into play towards the end of what was, until that point, a nice story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Breeni Books on August 28, 2008
Format: Paperback
Wake Up, Sun! is another early reader book we explored recently to hone my six-year-old son's reading skills. Like My Loose Tooth, our copy is an older version that's labeled "Step 1," while newer editions have the label "Step 2." Of course, it's also published by Random House. I'm curious as to why they changed their level system.

The story follows the adventures of four barnyard animals as they search for the sun early one morning. Dog, Pig, Cow, and Chicken cannot figure out why the sun hasn't awakened, and try to make as much noise as possible to wake up the sun. It is common knowledge that children are fascinated by animal sounds, and the narrative in this book includes each character's unique call. This guarantees young readers will find this little story exceptionally appealing. When you are deciphering words like "oink" and "moo," it's pretty difficult to keep a straight face.

The watercolor illustrations make for adorable characterizations. The text is large and clear, and the story is perfectly appropriate for preschoolers. Depending on your child's maturity level, it may be a bit juvenile for first graders, however. The strange thing is that Amazon lists it's intended age group as baby to preschool, but it's a Stage 2 book. I doubt many babies are reading at a Stage 2 level. Maybe this would be a good book for an older sibling to read aloud to a younger brother or sister.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 26, 1998
Format: Paperback
Every child wonders about the sun and why it goes up or goes down. I've read this book to my daughter and she likes it! She can even read it by herself
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard and Liz TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 19, 2014
Format: School & Library Binding
Large text with delightful watercolor illustrations make this book very appealing to young readers. Dog is woken up in the middle of the night by a flea biting his ear. He thinks it must be time to get up so goes to find pig but where is the sun? Each time they search somewhere for the sun and go wake up another animal until the entire farm is awake!

Hearing the noise, the farmer thinks that there is a fox in the hen house so naturally shoots his gun out the window to scare it off. There is NOTHING scary about the gun. This is a natural reaction when living on a farm and you are trying to protect your livestock.

When the sun appears who do the animals think has woken it up? A lovely ending to this great farm story.
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This book is by far my one year old son's favorite book. We originally received it as a hand-me-down, but after reading it so frequently I ordered a new copy. This time I got the turtleback version. It's quite nice - the pages are all the same size as the paperback, but the cover is hard. Similar to the standard Dr. Seuss books. (No jacket, but those get messed up, torn and lost on children's books anyway.) It might not be worth the extra cost for most home libraries, but if it is your child's favorite book, then it's definitely worth it.

On a side note, yes the farmer has a gun. But so does Yosemite Sam (I use his voice when narrating the farmer's lines), Tex Avery, kids in E.T. played with toy guns.. take it however you like...
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By Cory on February 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
One of the best books my three year old has. Great story and he has a blast reading it with me.

Sad is that people are really that upset over a gun. First of all, if you are an ACTUAL farmer and you had a fox in your hen house (which, don't forget, eggs are a part of their income) what ELSE would you do? Run up to it and scare it? Really? Generally speaking, if ALL your animals at your farm are making a commotion, there is something wrong. That being said, he never actually fired the gun AT anything. Look at where he is pointing the barrel. To the sky. It was a scare tactic...and that was all.
Let's move into the real world people. That is all...
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Format: Kindle Edition
This is a very very sweet level 2 storybook for readers... whether they are independent readers or like us a non reader looking at the illustrations as I read to them. Great farm animals and farm background story. The animals all wake up a bit to early, so they each try and wake the sun up...but oh no they wake up the farmer which in turns wakes up baby! The animals later love the baby because they know she is the one that can wake the sun up. Cute book to incorporate the animal sounds, animals on a farm, and that animals can be okay for children to interact with. love this book and will be checking it out again...
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Format: Paperback
My toddler loves this book more than any other! I hadn't thought twice about the appearance of the gun in the story... maybe because i grew up on a farm and that is just how it is. My daughter and I like to think the farmer was shooting out the window to quiten down all the noise the animals were making, not to shoot a fox. If he were going to shoot the fox he would have gone to the hen house, ya know? If your toddler loves farm animals and loves to make corresponding animal sounds, this is a good buy! Not too long of a story for a toddler to follow and plenty of openings for questions!
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