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Peter Eyvindson
Illustrated by Rhian Brynjolson Winnipeg, Pemmican Publications, 1993. 48pp, paper, $9.95
ISBN 0-921827-294. CIP

Subject Headings:
Inuvik (N.W.T.)-Juvenile fiction.
Sun-Juvenile fiction.
Earth-Rotation-Juvenile fiction.

Kindergarten-grade 3 / Ages 5-8

Reviewed by Anna Santarossa

Volume 22 Number 3
1994 May/June

The Missing Sun is the story of how a little girl living in the Northwest Territories tries to reconcile facts and myths about why the sun disappears.

Emily's mother is a meteorologist and offers her a factual explanation as to why the land is plunged into darkness for a time, while Emily's friend Josie claims that it is the tricky Raven who steals the sun and hides it.

When Emily gets tired of living in darkness, she shouts at the Raven to bring the sun back. Josie tells her that Sun will never return. Instead, a new, much bigger sun will arrive. It turns out that Josie is correct: a new, much bigger sun than Emily remembers does finally shine.

I liked this story because it embraces both fact and fiction in its explanation of why the northern regions of the world are in the dark for a portion of the year.

The illustrations are remarkably beautiful and set an appropriate mood.

This story will delight readers of all ages and is a welcome addition to any school library.

The Missing Sun is Peter Eyvindson's tenth children's book. One of his books, The Yesterday Stone (Pemmican, 1992), was a 1993 Our Choice Selection of the Canadian Children's Book Centre.

I recommend The Missing Sun.

Anna Santarossa is a teacher-librarian at Pope John Paul School in Bolton, Ontario
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