Waiting for the Sun

Waiting for the Sun

by Alison Lohans, Marilyn Mets, Peter Ledwon
     
 

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Waiting for the baby is like waiting for the sun to come up - it takes its own sweet time!

Each summer day Mollie wakes up, waits for the prairie sun to rise, and hopes that today the baby will be born. Sometimes while she waits, she feels the baby moving inside her mother's tummy and whispers, "Good morning." But it's hard to wait. Waiting

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Waiting for the baby is like waiting for the sun to come up - it takes its own sweet time!

Each summer day Mollie wakes up, waits for the prairie sun to rise, and hopes that today the baby will be born. Sometimes while she waits, she feels the baby moving inside her mother's tummy and whispers, "Good morning." But it's hard to wait. Waiting for the baby is like waiting for the sun to come up in the morning - it takes its own sweet time. Mollie plans all the things she'll share with the new baby - tadpoles in the stream, clucking chickens, books from the library - but still the baby does not come!

Grandma decides she'll stay overnight to help Mollie pass the time. Finally, in the middle of the night, the baby arrives - a brother! Mollie's parents call him Benjamin. Mollie races to see the baby. His eyes are squeezed shut. His face is wrinkled and red.

"He's ugly!" she announces.

But the she holds her new brother, and he opens his eyes and looks right at her. Mollie can't help but smile. Together, they watch the sun come up, and Mollie decides this is quite enough for now.

Awards and Nominations:

  • Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award Nomination

  • Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Citation

  • Shining Willow Award Nomination

  • IBBY Canada Outstanding Canadian Picture Book 2000-2003

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Realistic illustrations allow readers to feel as though they are part of Mollie's story. This is a warm, engaging tale of anticipation, hope, disappointment and hope again from the perspective of an older sister."
-- School Library Journal

"Captures the mood and experience of a little girl, the hope and anticipation of sharing her world with her new sibling. . . . The emotive power of various instants that comprise a child's day in a rural setting are exquisitely rendered by Marilyn Mets and Peter Ledwon."
-- Toronto Families

"This book is a good choice for children expecting a new sibling. Most impressive are the realistic pictures that help tell the story and capture the mood."
-- Lane Education Service District (4 out of 5 Stars)

School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Mollie is eagerly awaiting the birth of her new sibling. When she snuggles against her mom in the morning, she feels it move. Later, she walks around the farm to catch tadpoles, pick tomato worms, and listen to the chickens cackle, expecting that all these things will please the baby. In the wee hours of the morning, when her brother finally arrives, Mollie thinks he looks ugly and realizes he won't appreciate the tadpoles or the tomato worms. Then her father puts the newborn in her arms and he wakes up to look at her. "Now he wasn't ugly, not at all." Realistic illustrations, rendered in computer-enhanced color photographs, allow readers to feel as though they are part of Mollie's story. This is a warm, engaging tale of anticipation, hope, disappointment, and hope again from the perspective of an older sister, contributing pleasantly to "new sibling" literature.-Be Astengo, Alachua County Library, Gainesville, FL Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780889953581
Publisher:
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
Publication date:
12/11/2006
Series:
Northern Lights Books for Children Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Alison Lohans is the author of over 12 published books. Nine of these have appeared on the Canadian Children's Book Centre "Our Choice" List; two won Young Readers' Choice awards, and 10 have been short-listed for various other awards. Alison has recently been serving as Writer-in-Residence at Regina Public Library. She is active in numerous writing organizations, and also enjoys time with her family. Her favourite leisure activity is playing her cello.

Marilyn Mets has been working in Toronto as an illustrator, art director and graphic designer for over 25 years. She has illustrated and collaborated on numerous children's books, winning many awards and nominations including being nominated for the Amelia Frances Gibbons Award for Illustration in 1998 for Cameron and Me.

Peter Ledwon has worked as a commercial photographer, illustrator, graphic designer, and art director for the past 15 years. He gained formal training in photography at Ryerson University. In addition, he holds science degrees in physiology and biochemistry from U.B.C. Peter also writes for both magazines and newsletters targeted at the adult market.

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