Wednesday 1 September 2021

Sunny Days

Finished September 1 
Sunny Days by Deborah Kerbel and Miki Sato

I just discovered this lovely summery picture book that is a perfect companion book to the Snow Days book by the same author/illustrator pair. This book uses similar multi-media art to show a wide variety of ways to enjoy the summery, sunny outdoors. As someone who enjoys textile art, I particularly like the stitching I spot in the images. 
Another thing that I absolutely love about these books is the diversity portrayed. Any child will be able to find an image that they can connect with. The endpapers show a variety of summery images, from flowers and insects to cold treats to toys and clothing. The activities start with waking up to the sun and end with being tucked into bed. In between the children enjoy reading outside, planting a garden, making mud pies, enjoying the sun, swimming, enjoying popsicles and ice cream cones, listening to crickets, noticing shadows, and enjoying a sunset.
The backgrounds have additional things to notice that sunny days bring: clothes drying on a line, birds singing, going barefoot, profusion of flowers, playing in the sand, sitting in the shade, and dandelion clocks.
The book ends with some easy ways to learn about science that are connected with the sun, things that explore the power of the sun, light, shadows, and more. 

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