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Rivers of Sunlight: How the Sun Moves Water Around the Earth Hardcover – January 31, 2017
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Gr 1–3—A celebration of the grandeur and power of the sun, a source of energy that provides humans with warmth and light. Told from the point of view of the sun ("I lift water from the salty sea by warming the ocean's surface waters."), this selection explores how water recycles itself. In the process of following the water cycle, kids also learn about evaporation, aquifers, the Gulf Stream, and the ocean conveyor belt. The language is descriptive and dazzling; for instance, water molecules "jiggle, jiggle, jiggle until they pop into the air, leaving their salt behind. Evaporation!" The illustrations, rendered in the familiar blue, yellow, and green of other titles in this series, beautifully illuminate the processes covered, while also rewarding careful scrutiny. This work could easily be used as a mentor text to study how words and visuals work together. It ends with a gentle plea for readers to care for the earth's waters. VERDICT An outstanding choice for introducing young children to the water cycle. This is a book to return to many times.—Myra Zarnowski, City University of New York
* "The science is superb." -- Horn Book, starred review
* "The pairing of uncomplicated text and lavish illustration feels expansive, conveying amazement and awe through clear, yet poetic, visual explanations....A handsome invitation to earth science." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "An enlightening book on a vital topic." -- Booklist, starred review
*"Bang continues her Sunlight series with a poetic, in-depth exploration of the sun's role in the water cycle." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
*"An outstanding choice for introducing young children to the water cycle. This is a book to return to many times." -- School Library Journal, starred review
Praise for Buried Sunlight:
* "Gorgeous illustrations and impressive, urgent scientific explanation." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "Combining an amiable voice with unusual breadth of vision, depth of knowledge, and subtlety of presentation, this is a masterful book in a highly original science series." -- Booklist, starred review
Praise for Ocean Sunlight:
A Booklist Editor's Choice & Top 10 Book for Youth
A Cooperative Children's Book Center Choice Title
A Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book Title
* "This ambitious, beautifully illustrated book offers information seldom covered in science books for young children." -- Booklist, starred review
* "Bang creates dimension and visual drama with her use of gold, blues, and black, forming an ethereal habitat for phytoplankton, jellyfish, and bioluminescent creatures." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "An awe-inspiring lesson in photosynthesis goes under the sea. Readers will want to visit more than once to capture both the science and the abundant sense of celebration here." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
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Bang and Chisholm have created a group of picture books that celebrate our earth and the wonder of the sun. This book includes water, looking at the small amount of fresh water that actually exists on earth, the way that water cycles through our world, and the power of the sun in all of these systems. The book is told in the voice of the sun, speaking as the source of winds, the power of evaporation, the source of ocean currents.
Bang’s illustrations are lit by the sun. She rims trees in yellow, lights mountains in gold, and swirls lemon through the oceans. She shows the water in the atmosphere as a river of its own, dappled and bright but also subtle against the bolder parts of the illustrations. There is a delicacy to it that emphasizes how humans can damage water on our planet.
Another winner from this collaboration of art and science, this picture book shines. Appropriate for ages 5-7.