Title: The Sun RisesI Wonder Why - The Sun Rises
Author: Brenda Walpole
Pages: 32
Recommended Ages: 7 & up
Star Rating: ★★★★

The I Wonder Why Series is a set of books designed to both spark and answer the kinds of questions most young children ponder when first encountering the world. In this case, the questions are about the passing of time and seasons and discuss the celestial movements that cause them. This includes an explanation of the tilt of the Earth, biological clocks, and different climates.

Here are a few facts I learned from I Wonder Why The Sun Rises…

–       All living creatures have biological clocks – some are diurnal (awake during the day) and some are nocturnal (awake during the night). Because of these natural clocks, badgers (nocturnal animals) never meet bees (diurnal insects)!

–       Although King Tutankhamen was alive for a mere 18 years, his tomb has survived 3,000!

–       A mayfly only lives for one day – which is just long enough for them to lay eggs for more mayflies to hatch to lay more eggs before they die. And on and on.

Illustrations on pages 7 & 9 show blotchy images of people in one piece bathing suits. These are included more for laughs regarding the weather than for any salacious reason.

It’s mentioned on page 4 that the Greeks believed that the Sun was a God named Helios who drove a chariot of fire across the sky. On page 18 an illustration is shown of a scary dragon mask with the appended explanation that this mask is paraded down the streets in China to “chase away the bad days of the past and bring good luck to the future.” [pg. 18]

Conclusion. Children will enjoy the Q&A format of this book.

Review © 2015 Laura Verret

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