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The perfect meeting of two great talents, The Sun Is So Quiet combines the magical designs of Ashley Bryan with 13 poems composed by award-win ning author Nikki Giovanni. Two artists who love children, and snow, and snuggling under warm quilts, and chocolate, and picking strawberries, and--especially--reading, invite everyone to share these perfect moments. Full color. Age s 4 and up.

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Overview

The perfect meeting of two great talents, The Sun Is So Quiet combines the magical designs of Ashley Bryan with 13 poems composed by award-win ning author Nikki Giovanni. Two artists who love children, and snow, and snuggling under warm quilts, and chocolate, and picking strawberries, and--especially--reading, invite everyone to share these perfect moments. Full color. Age s 4 and up.

A collection of poems primarily about nature and the seasons but also concerned with chocolate and scary movies.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Giovanni (The Genie in the Jar) and Bryan (What a Morning!) form a fruitful partnership in this ebullient collection of 13 poems. Whatever Giovanni's topic, her poetry builds on an underlying exuberance: of cold-weather preparations, she writes, "Bears store fat/ chipmunks gather nuts/ and I collect books/ for the coming winter"; she describes little boys as "Missing teeth skinned elbows/ Always/ Stinky sticky slippery/ Sweaty and Sweet." That joy is reflected in the warmth and vigor of Bryan's radiant, rainbow hues and stylized designs. The poems hover like butterflies, darting in to make their point and then fluttering off. Some, like the bedtime poem "Covers," are short and sweet, some are contemplative ("Connie"), while others are imagistic, as in her ode to snowflakes in the e.e. cummings-esque "Winter Poem" ("i squeezed them and they became/ a spring rain and i stood perfectly/ still and was a flower"). The bold, fluid lines of the gouache and tempera compositions make for a particularly eye-catching volume, just right for reeling in the read-aloud crowd and introducing them to the joys of poetry. Ages 4-up. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
Simple poems by the famous poet, Nikki Giovanni, are paired beautifully with colorful drawings that will pull the young reader into their magic. A child-like imagination inspires each subject from snowflakes to rainbows to the stars. A lovely first book of poems.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-There is an uneven contrast in these 13 poems, 12 of which have been previously published. They leave readers cold or hot, not only by their content but by their strength of imagery. The last poem reads like a shared stream of consciousness but is excitingly vivid in its imagery and succeeds in evoking the concept of quiet. The poet loves to include unlikely twists-a child prepares for winter by storing up books, the transformation from snowflake to rain to flower, the prickled pickle tongue-twister poem, and endless references to kissing. "The Reason I Like Chocolate" brings a sense of personal involvement to all who read it. But fairies in the sky for the post-Apollo generation-too cute! There is nothing quiet about the gouache and tempera paint illustrations-they are brilliant, almost bouncing off the page regardless of the temperament of the poem. The brilliant yellows, the vibrant patchwork quilts, and the shapeshifting snowflakes provide a visual feast, as if at times trying to bring life to the words. Reserve this one for well-stocked collections.-Ronald Jobe, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
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"The bold, fluid lines of the gouache and tempera compositions make for a particularly eye-catching volume, just right for reeling in the read-aloud crowd and introducing them to the joys of poetry." —Publishers Weekly

"Simple poems by the famous poet Nikki Giovanni are paired beautifully with colorful drawings that will pull the young reader into their magic. . . . A lovely first book of poems." —Children's Literature

"The brilliant yellows, the vibrant patchwork quilts, and the shapeshifting snowflakes provide a visual feast." —School Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805041194
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 10/15/1996
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.42 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Nikki Giovanni

Nikki Giovanni has written many books of poetry for children and adults. She is the author of Lincoln and Douglass, The Genie in the Jar, and Ego-tripping and Other Poems for Young People. Rosa is a Caldecott Honor book. Giovanni calls herself "a Black American, a daughter, a mother, a professor of English." She was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and grew up in Lincoln Heights, an all-black suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. She studied at Fisk University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Columbia University.

She published her first book of poetry, Black Feeling Black Talk, in 1968, and since then has become one of America’s most widely read poets. Oprah Winfrey named her one of her twenty-five "Living Legends." Her autobiography Gemini was a finalist for the National Book Award, and several of her books have received NAACP Image Awards. She has received some twenty-five honorary degrees, been named Woman of the Year by Mademoiselle magazine, Ladies Home Journal, and Ebony, was the first recipient of the Rosa L. Parks Woman of Courage Award, and has been awarded the Langston Hughes Medal for poetry.

Nikki Giovanni lives in Christiansburg, Virginia, where she is a professor of English at Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

Ashley Bryan is one of our best-loved children’s book artists. His works include What a Morning!; The Christmas Story in Black Spirituals; and Beat the Story-Drum, Pum-Pum. The Sun Is So Quiet is his first collaboration with Nikki Giovanni, a poet whose work he has admired for many years. Ashley Bryan lives in Islesford, Maine, when he’s not traveling around the world.

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