If Sun Could Speak
By Kourtney LaFavre (Author), Saki Tanaka (Illustrator)
Sun is out to impress in this slightly egotistical first-person account that sheds light on the facts, history, and myths about its existence. Sun seeks to inspire readers to wonder and search for discoveries in this witty STEM-infused exploration of the center of our solar system.
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“Chock full of scientific, astral concepts, If Sun Could Speak is a treasure. Children won’t even be aware that they are being introduced to Earth/Space science. But it doesn’t stop there— Social Studies is also incorporated by the introduction of various ancient societies that worshipped the sun, and a timeline of scientists that studied it. La Favre’s writing breathes originality into the character of the sun as it delivers scientific information in a light-hearted way that will interest everyone, even the reluctant reader. Tanaka’s illustrations are vibrant and playful and match the personality of the sun perfectly.”
-Gail Krause, Children’s Author of Picture Books, Middle Grade and Young Adult Novels.
“Narrated in first person voice, Sun shares everything from its size, position, importance, and history of evolution as discovered by thinkers and scientists. My favorite aspect of the book is how it encourages little readers to be curious, think, and explore. This is evident on the spread that talks about diverse theories and discoveries from ancient times to today which ends with a prompt for the reader, what can YOU do today? Overall, this is a fun and very creative STEM read for young children!” – Meera Sriram, children’s writer, an early literacy educator, and an advocate for diverse bookshelves
“This gorgeous book shares so much information about our sun! Kids will want to read the story again and again to examine the colorful illustrations and to explore the facts that Sun, the narrator, shares with us. You’ll learn about things like the rotation of Earth around Sun, stories about Sun from other cultures, and important scientists who’ve studied the Sun. This book is a must in classrooms, libraries, and homes! It’s the perfect blend of fun and fact!” –Jolene Gutiérrez, Children and Middle Grade author and school librarian