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. Volume XIII Number 11 . . . .January 19, 2007
Who Likes the Sun? begins as a boy, followed by a small dog, rides a scooter on to the page and asks, "Who likes the sun?" The empty park, towards which the boy rides, is transformed when readers lift the flap. Suddenly the park is swarming with children climbing trees, playing ball and hanging out. A chorus of voices answer the boy's question, "I do!"
Who Likes the Sun? is part of the "Exploring the Elements" series of books in which children ask questions about the weather. Each child's question is answered in detail behind a large flap. Preceding the question is a statement by the child of why s/he likes an effect of the element.
The writing in this book is upbeat and captures the inquisitiveness of many children. The questions and answers are creative, covering a wide range of effects the sun has on people and their environment. Children who wonder about the world will be interested to learn how grapes turn into raisins, why the water sparkles and how sunglasses work, to name a few topics. As the book answers each query, it offers additional interesting information which may cause young readers to think of their own questions. The writing is clear and concise. The questions and "I like" statements are in large print, appropriate for beginning readers. The answers are slightly more complicated, and suitable for readers who have a little more experience.
Reece Steinberg, a librarian at Vancouver Public Library, currently works in the Business & Science, and Virtual Reference divisions. Reece likes the sun, but he rarely gets to see it at this time of year.
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