Living Sunlight

Living Sunlight: How Plants Bring the Earth to Life by Molly Bang & Penny Chisholm

Through an amazing blend of poetry and science, children learn about the importance of the sun in our lives.  There is a sense of wonder about the process of photosynthesis that elevates this book above that of a more scientific text.  Here you see the beauty and glory of the sun reflected too.  Bang’s illustrations capture the depth of space, lacing it with waves of light, showing the same waves washing upon the earth, the plants and us.

This book’s text comes in waves too.  Waves of poetry that are laced with scientific facts, pinning the high floating poetry down a bit to more earthly concerns.  The marriage of the two is so well done that it is hard to see where poetry ends and science begins.  Pair that with the scientific yet thrilling illustrations and this book becomes transcendent.

Highly recommended, this winning scientific picture book deserves a spot in every library.  If we wonder why children don’t tend to become scientists, we can look at this book that will inspire each child to ask questions of their world but not stop wondering and dreaming too.  Appropriate for ages 4-7.

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