Who Likes the Sun? (Exploring the Elements)

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The sun -- it melts icicles, dries grass after a rain and turns grapes into raisins. But what is the sun? And how does it transform the world around us? This informational picture book and flap book in one invites children to explore their world with delight. Each spread poses a question about the sun that is answered under the flap, where young readers will find explanations about the science of the sun and related topics. They will discover how the sun makes shadows, why water sparkles in the sun, how the sun helps make rainbows and much more. Using simple concepts of science, the Exploring the Elements series answers children's questions about wind, sun, rain and snow, and encourages young readers to explore their surroundings anew. Worlds of knowledge are waiting under the flaps!

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Etta Kaner is an elementary school teacher and writer for both children and educators. Her children's books have won numerous awards, including the Silver Birch Award, the Scientific American Young Readers Book Award and the Science in Society Book Award. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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Part of the Exploring the Elements series, this shows a varied cast of children and adults enjoying the outdoors and explaining why they like the sun. A typical double-page spread begins with a statement on the left side, such as "I like the sun because it melts icicles." On the right, on a closed gatefold page, the child ponders, "I wonder how icicles are made." The gatefold opens to a four-part explanation of the process, illustrated with four small pictures showing stages of icicle formation. Kaner also describes where dew comes from, why shadows form, and how the sun makes rainbows. In the explanation of what makes day and night, the statement "The sun never moves" is an oversimplification, since the entire galaxy is in motion. But this is a minor point in an otherwise helpful presentation. Lafrance's pleasing paintings include well-composed landscapes and close-ups. Carolyn Phelan
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