Summer Sun Risin'

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Overview

From sunrise to sunset, an African American boy spends an activity-filled summer day helping his family on their farm. Feeding animals, mowing hay, picking vegetables, and eating freshly caught fish fill the hours. Set in Texas in the 1950s, Summer Sun Risin' is Parenting Reading Magic Award winner W. Nikola-Lisa's tribute to childhood, farm life, and family togetherness. Don Tate's sun-drenched paintings depict the family's daily activities and trace the sun as it travels across the sky.

An African American boy enjoys a summer day on his family's farm, milking the cows, fishing, and having fun.

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Publishers Weekly
An African-American boy and his parents tend their farm while marking the transit of the ever-changing sun in this plainspoken paean to agricultural life. Tate's (Say Hey: A Song of Willie Mays) stylized full-bleed paintings, shown to advantage in the book's horizontal (10" 8") format, exaggerate the expansiveness of the plains by rendering the horizon as a gentle but unmistakable arc. It's as if the farm were hugging the edge of a globe, the earth as round to the narrator's eye as the constantly visible sun. The characters' highly sculpted faces suggest the contours of the land, and their expressions radiate confidence and satisfaction. While the tweaked perspectives occasionally can be unsettling (in a view of the boy at breakfast, the dishes seem to slide straight down the surface of the tabletop), the pictures will immediately engage readers. Short verses comment on farm activities and the relative position of the sun. Adopting a laconic, rural voice, Nikola-Lisa (Bein' with You This Way) sometimes crosses the line into monotony. Still, he conjures up a compelling, comforting rhythm from the accumulation of small details: "Birds in the roost, kittens in the yarn, Cows linin' up down by the barn. Pa cracks the door, I swing it wide. Summer sun's shinin', floodin' inside." Ages 3-6. (May) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
A delightful story of a young African-American boy and his family's typical day on their farm. From sun up to sun down, they sing rhythms, bounce, and dance their way through the day's activities. Each page brings us further along as the day passes with the sun across the sky. Nikola-Lisa's simple verses of southern voices takes us into this rural Texas farm and lets us walk alongside the characters. The cheerfulness and happy bounce to the line just begs to be read aloud. Tate's colorful artwork in oil and acrylic paint help bring the book to life. As the verse moves the sun along the sky, we see it progress across each page rising and falling around the farm that is lovingly arching through the book. From waking in the morning to a picnic at noon, from fishing in the evening to "summer sun's a-sleeping, only stars overhead." The book ends as it began, with a sweet image of a sleeping child and the sun peeking over the horizon to start another fun day. 2002, Lee & Low Books Inc,
— Christina Burbage
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-As the sun rises, a young African-American boy wakes up and begins his busy, enjoyable day on the family farm. Milking cows, feeding pigs, and plowing the field are some of the activities in which he takes part. A midday picnic and evening fishing with his father balance out the day, which concludes with bedtime stories, Pa playing his guitar, and Ma reading the mail. The story is told in a comforting, lulling rhyme ("Bees in the hive fruit on the trees. Summer sun's stirrin' a summertime breeze") that suits the wholesome setting perfectly. The illustrations, oil and acrylic on textured paper, are stylized and curved to reflect the lay of the land. A Texas farm served as the model for this book, expansively depicted on the double-page spreads. This is a nicely designed book, from its endpapers (saffron at the beginning, cobalt at the end) to its simple, homespun typeface. It truly conjures up a lovely summer's day on a farm, and can be used during storytimes or as a cozy one-on-one bedtime story.-Anna DeWind Walls, Milwaukee Public Library Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Sunny acrylic and oil paintings on textured paper coupled with verses featuring colloquial language portray a summer day in the life of a hardworking African-American farm family. It's not all work and no play on this farm, however; the affectionate family makes time for "fishin'" and "readin'" after a long day spent milking cows, feeding animals, wiring a chicken coop, mowing, and hoeing in the hot sun. The folksy text is full of homespun details, like the description of a farm breakfast, featuring "Fritters in a pan, coffee in the pot." It's complemented by bright, stylized illustrations that inspire a virtual sweat as readers follow the family through their chores and feel their tired satisfaction at the end of a productive day. The rhythmic verses beg to be read aloud, and the colors and typeface are bold enough for group sharing. A cheery introduction to farm life and simple poetry. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584300342
  • Publisher: Lee & Low Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.48 (w) x 10.48 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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