Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly"Parents enduring the `why' stage of child development will appreciate this poetic, serenely illustrated explanation of the sun and other natural wonders," said PW about this bedtime story. Ages 3-up. (Feb.)
Children's Literature - Susie WildeIn lovely word images, Lindbergh presents a child-parent dialogue in What is the Sun? Within the language of poetry, you can learn about the moon, "the whole moving sea" of tides, the "blowing air" of wind, the earth, and most importantly, a mother's love for her child.
Children's Literature - Uma KrishnaswamiAs one might expect from the title, this is a book of questions. A grandmother tucks her grandson into bed, and as he asks her questions, she answers them, patiently and in rhyme. Questions and answers and soft pastel illustrations lead a sleepy child from visions of the sun and moon and tides to wind and rain and finally to the reassurance of the protecting adult presence. This is a quiet book, a cozy book, a gentle bedtime read.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalPreS-Gr 1-As he gets ready for bed, a young boy asks his grandmother questions about the sun, moon, wind, and rain. Her simple, rhyming answers appear in italics beneath or beside his queries. Lambert sets small, white-framed scenes of the woman and her grandson within double spreads of the child and his large dog experiencing the joy of being outdoors in all seasons. The soft pastel cartoon drawings have an impressionistic look. The pieces of the fanciful mobile (sun, moon, stars, cloud, and rainbow) above the boy's bed are juxtaposed with their real counterparts, and the boy is shown blasting off into space and deep-sea diving as well as engaging in more realistic play. Because the illustrations vacillate between reality and fantasy, this attempt to provide simple and truthful answers to common childhood questions suffers from a lack of focus. Constantly changing perspectives add to the confusion. Better choices are Ellen Kandoian's Under the Sun (Dodd, 1987; o.p.) or Charlotte Zolotow's When the Wind Stops (HarperCollins, 1975; o.p.).-Marianne Saccardi, Whitby School American Montessori Center, Greenwich, CT
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