Bang, Molly Rivers of Sunlight 20 pgs. Blue Sky Press (Scholastic), 2017. $18.99 NON-FICTION
This large picture book focuses on the sun’s place in the water cycle from the point of view of the sun. It features large illustrations with lots of movement. The last part of the story focuses on helping to conserve water and climate change.
To show the movement of water in its various states, the illustrations are quite busy, then the text is placed directly on top of the action which results in both a challenge to read the text and a bit uncomfortable to look at. I am not sure what age the author intended this book to be for, but it seems too challenging for our first graders who learn about this topic (even as teacher read-aloud) and wouldn’t appeal to older readers. Also the title is a bit misleading, it made me think this book was about the sun itself, not its place in the water cycle, though that is listed at the bottom in smaller text.
EL (K-3) –OPTIONAL Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.