“if i was the sunshine”
Intro: “if i was the sunshine
and you were the day
i’d call you hello!
and you’d call me stay”
Within in each thought-provoking stanza, the reader discovers a pair of partners in the natural world that embodies loving connectedness.
Warm artwork perfectly marries the lyrical text.
This book promotes creative components of nature, flexible thinking, and different perspective.
WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because of its lyrical language, the beautiful illustrations, and the author’s ability to pair nature partners in such a way that causes the reader to pause and reflect.
TITLE: if i was the sunshine
AUTHOR: Julie Fogliano
ILLUSTRATOR: Loren Long
PUBLISHER: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2019
AGE GROUP: 4-6
TOPIC(S): nature, relationships, connectedness
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: nature, different perspective
1) Try your hand at writing how the author does. Look out a window and observe two things that interact together. Use those things to name each other that also shows how they are connected.
2) Research the meaning of your first name. In what ways do you feel you represent the meaning of your name?
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