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Author: Jack Guinan

Illustrator: John Barilla

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Publisher: Jack Guinan,

Material: paperback

Summary: The sun comes up one day but at the end of the day, it doesn't want to go away! The sun learns why it has to go away -- that the flowers and animals need to sleep and rest. The clouds and the wind both come around to reassure the sun that everything will miss him, and won't forget him, and will be thinking of him all night long. The sun, reassured by the kind words, bids everyone a good night, sweet dreams, and sets so that the moon and the stars can appear. This is a bedtime story that can be shared with very young children and later used as an easy reader.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 1 to 5; read yourself: 5 to 8

Interest Level: 1 to 6

Reading Level: 1

Age of Child: Read with three boys ages two, four, and six.

Young Reader Reaction: My kids did not have a strong reaction to this book.

Adult Reader Reaction: I can appreciate this book on a certain level. The text rhymes in a bit of an awkward manner, and the illustrations are fun and comical. If you are looking for a science-y book about the sun rising and falling, this is not one for you. HOWEVER, if you have a toddler who is reluctant to go to bed at night, who cries or gets up, this might be a GREAT tool to use to open the discussion. The sun acts just like a child who wants to stay up and play, so the child could be reassured by the same words in the story.

Pros: This picture book can be a wonderful way to encourage children who are reluctant to go to bed. The illustrations are fun.

Cons: The rhyme can be a little awkward, but not enough to detract from the book.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a good book, but not a favorite story in our household.

If You Liked This Book, Try: SEVEN LITTLE BUNNIES   THE BEAR WITH STICKY PAWS WON'T GO TO BED   SNOOZERS: 7 Short Bedtime Stories for Lively Little Kids

Educational Themes: This is a nice way to illustrate going to bed and nature cycles for toddlers and preschoolers.

Notes: The author donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, rhyme

Date(s) Reviewed: January 2012

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