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Sun Board book – June 1, 2009
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About the Author
Natalie Jane Prior was born in November 1963, a momentous month which saw the assassination of President Kennedy, the death of C.S. Lewis, and the first broadcast of Dr Who on British television. She has been writing compulsively since she was a child, and became a full time children’s author in 1992. Natalie is the author of numerous books for many ages and has been published in more than twenty countries. Her work includes the picture books Sun and Star, and the internationally successful fantasy series Lily Quench, which has well over half a million copies in print, and which was broadcast on BBC Radio in 2006. Her new series, The Minivers, has recently been published by Penguin in Australia and will be published in the UK by Scholastic in 2010. Natalie lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her husband, young daughter, and two long-haired red miniature dachshunds.
Top customer reviews
Sun is about all the places and animals affected as the sun rises in the morning. It wakes the birds and the grazing cow in the sweet meadow and shines straight through the wax-filled hives to rouse the bees. The barn mice are greeted good morning by the sun's warm rays in their cozy nests each morning. And of course, children worldwide can feel the sun streaming through their windows, signaling them to hop out of bed and start their day!
The companion book, Star, takes a similar approach to the night sky. Just as the sun wakes us for the day, the star's soft light lets us know when bedtime is drawing near. The little star looks out over the clear water and sees everything on the ocean, even the sailor's little black cat nestled in the bottom of the sailor's boat. The star shines down on lambs in the pasture, their eyes heavy with sleep. The star shines over the houses, and spies the baby sleeping in his crib. Night time has come for everyone.
Both books are beautifully illustrated with muted colors and flowing lines. The watercolors by Anna Pignataro are completely magical - it's like having a tiny set of paintings created just for you. Repetitive, rhythmic text make these the perfect books to reach for at bedtime or before the afternoon nap. Sun encourages the world awake with its bright rays, while Star settles the world back to sleep with its soft gleam. Two truly lovely board books that would make a great gift for new parents.