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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Living Sunlight by Molly Bang & Penny Chisholm

In the lovely Living Sunlight: How Plants Bring The Earth To Life, Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm explain photosynthesis, and while the scientific facts are  thoroughly covered, this is far from a dry, old school textbook treatment. The poetic viewpoint and lush illustrations convey the wonder of science and the natural world. The reader is directly addressed by the sun who makes this story about you, asking you to feel your heartbeat and warmth and know that it is the sun's light inside you. The interconnectedness of all living things is stressed as the sun's gift of energy circles from plants to humans and round again.  Gorgeous illustrations using deep blue contrasting with tiny yellow dots to suggest sparkling sunlight and showing fertile vegetation, multicultural people and a wide variety of animal life jump off the page. Children will enjoy identifying all of the familiar creatures.  More facts about photosynthesis follow the main story. Highly recommended.

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