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The sun is my favorite star
The sun is my favorite star
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Publisher Info:
San Diego, CA : Harcourt Brace/Voyager, 2008, c2000.
Physical Description:
1 volumes (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm.
General Note:
"Gulliver books."
Celebrates a child's love of the sun and the wondrous ways in which it helps the earth and the life upon it.
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E ASCH New or Popular Picture Book

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There are many stars in the galaxy. But only the sun wakes us in the morning, helps us to grow, plays hide-and-seek behind the clouds, and paints pretty pictures in the evening sky.
Frank Asch's gentle text and vivid illustrations celebrate the unique and wondrous qualities of our favorite and most powerful star. This is the third in a group of books for young children that explore the natural world.

Author Notes

Frank Asch was born on August 6, 1946, in Somerville, NJ. In 1969 he graduated from Cooper Union in New York City with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts. Since then he has taught in both the United States and abroad. He has also organized art, writing, puppetry, and creative dramatics workshops for children all over the country.

In 1976 Mr. Asch and his wife started their own children's theatre called The Belly Buttons. In l989, Frank Asch and Vladimir Vagin published Here Comes the Cat!, the first Russian/American collaboration on a children's book, which has since received the Russian National Book Award. Mr. Asch also joined forces with naturalist and photographer Ted Levin for a series of poetry books for children. In 1996, their first book, Sawgrass Poems, was named to the John Burroughs List of Nature Books for Young Readers. Like a Windy Day was released in fall 2002. It was the fourth and last book in the "element" book series that already includes The Earth and I, Water, and The Sun Is My Favorite Star.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-The sun comes in the window, wakes up a little boy, and continues to play a central role throughout his day. It waits for him to come outside and even plays hide-and-seek. The large, bright watercolor drawings are enhanced through the use of computer technology. The spare text and the art, which dominates the pages and is bursting with color, make the book especially appealing to the youngest listeners. Children will enjoy following the main character as he travels through a typical day. They will readily relate to the pictures of the sun peeking through a hole in the fence and casting shadows on the wall. This book is well worth adding to any collection.- Sheilah Kosco, Rapides Parish Library, Alexandria, LA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Asch (the Moonbear books) is in top form with a child's simple yet lyrical paean to the sun's magic and usefulness. Following the sun from morning to night, the young narrator (of indeterminate sex) often gives way to whimsy, noting, for example, that when the sun's rays emanate from behind a cloud, "it plays hide-and-seek with me." But Asch also makes room for equally authentic observations that display a more scientific mind-set. To show that the sun's light "is bright and hot," the child focuses sunlight through a magnifying glass onto a leaf, causing it to smolder. And at night, the child points out, the sun doesn't really disappear, but rather "sends some light to keep me company" via the moon. Asch echoes this interplay between the factual and figurative in his mural-like pictures where he combines strong graphic lines with soft glowing colors. Radiating the calm coziness of a child who feels safe and secure enough in the world to explore and explain it, this volume warms the heart, in much the same way that its subject warms the earth. Ages 3-7. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-6. In this bright and simple picture book, a little girl sings the praises of the Sun. Although she refers to the Sun as her favorite star, the text doesn't describe it in scientific terms or discuss its position in the solar system. Like a scientist, the girl is an observer: "Its light is bright and hot." But, like a child, she interprets facts personally: "even at night, it sends some light to keep me company." Asch strikes just the right tone for his audience. Keeping the text simple, he expands young children's thinking just a bit, starting from the familiar. With colors as warm as a summer day, he creates a series of large-scale illustrations that reflect the direct, unaffected tone of the writing. A satisfying choice for reading aloud. --Carolyn Phelan