SYNOPSIS: I See the Sun in the USA tells the story of Stella and the children and families she meets, with a variety of ethnicities and cultures, while on a family vacation. Each child is also presented by a family tree depicting the blending of their families, hence the blending of American culture. Glorious illustrations express and enhance the storyline.
MY THOUGHTS: This book, for grades 1-5, offers a little bit of everything. We have a fictional family who goes on vacation to real, geographically accurate places. The pictures are fabulous and will add to the adventure. Readers will not only experience different, cultural representations, but also history & geography. I love when books combine subjects for this age bracket.
With all that their minds an absorb, it’s good to get a little extra education in with their reading. I also appreciate the introduction kids get to genealogy. There’s a lot of talk nowadays about DNA & family histories. It just may inspire younger students to chart their own family trees.
I give it 4 stars.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Author Dedie King was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the mid-sixties in Nepal where she taught school. She uses her world travel experiences past and present as the basis for the stories in the I See The Sun series. Presently, Dedie practices Classical Five Element acupuncture both in Hardwick and in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Illustrator Judith Inglese designs and fabricates ceramic tile murals for public spaces such as schools, healthcare facilities and nonprofit organizations. In the I See the Sun books, she combines photography, cut paper and drawing in her collage illustrations. Like her ceramic tile murals, her illustrations are colorful and detailed with strong forms and line work. Judith Inglese resides in Western Massachusetts.
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