Volume II Number 2
October 27, 1995
Paulette Bourgeois. Illustrated by Bill Slavin.
Toronto: Kids Can Press, 1995. 40pp, cloth, $14.95.
Grades 2 - 5 / Ages 7 - 10.
Review by Harriet Zaidman.
What is a solstice?
A solstice is one of the two times of the year when the Sun is farthest
from Earth's equator. One solstice takes place around December 21 and,
north of the equator it's known as the winter solstice. The other
solstice happens around June 21 and is called the summer solstice in the
The Sun is a well-written science book for children by the
author of both the "Franklin" (the turtle) series and other science titles:
The Amazing Potato Book, The Amazing Apple Book, and
The Amazing Paper Book. The Sun is part of a
series called `Starting with Space' (which also includes The Moon).
A good nonfiction book has well-organized information that lets you
find what you want to know quickly and easily. The table of contents in
The Sun includes all the subheadings, and the glossary and
index are also thorough. The subheadings in each chapter are
self-explanatory -- there is no hunting for information. The writing is
appropriate for a children ranging from grades two to five; the language
is not complicated, but explains scientific terms clearly without being
simplistic. The book covers the subject of the sun thoroughly, including
a legend about the sun, the origins of the sun and its dimensions and
make-up, and information about the seasons and the solstices, eclipses,
rainbows and UV rays, and energy and solar power. Each chapter includes
appropriate scientific experiments, and little titbits of information pop
up in Sun stuff boxes. Safety with the sun is emphasized everywhere.
The book is laid-out in short sections with -- illuminating --
illustrations. Illustrator Bill Slavin has made good use of sunny yellow
on the cover and as a frame for the Try It! experiment pages, and
of course, wherever Mr. Sun himself appears. The illustrations match the
text very well, and show children engaging in activities. The pastel
colours used are easy on the eye. An interesting addition to the
illustrations are photographs of eclipses, prisms, sunrises, etc., which
perfectly complement the text and drawings.
The Sun would be a welcome edition to a science
collection in an elementary library.
Harriet Zaidman is a Winnipeg teacher/librarian.
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