Wood’s poem asks the question “Where does the sunrise begin?” He then offers ideas of where it might begin. Perhaps the mountains? Maybe the treetops? Could it be the marsh, the lake or the sea? Maybe different regions of the world? The Middle East, Africa or the Far East. In the end, readers will be warmed by his answer of where exactly the sunrise begins. Written in beautiful language, this book truly celebrates our world and each one of us.
Wood has written a lengthy poem that is ethereal and beautiful. At the same time, he doesn’t rely on large words to convey his message. His writing is simple yet compelling. The use of the question as a refrain offers a necessary structure to the poem, giving young readers a place to return to and start again on another quest for the answer.
Popp’s illustrations really make this book glow. Each page is a powerful image, filled with light and softness. The images are done in conte crayon and pastel that have a depth of color that is amazing. The complex colors of daybreak are captured in the pages, with their pinks and blues that mix at no other time of day. Popp has captured the special texture and weight of this light.
A beautiful book, this is a poem worth reading combined with illustrations that elevate. Appropriate for ages 4-6.
Reviewed from copy received from Simon & Schuster.