36 pages, 9.63 × 7.75 × 0.37 in
February 1, 2007
Simply Read Books
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1894965337
ISBN - 13: 9781894965330
About the Book
The Boy from the Sun starts on an ordinary day. As three children sit on the sidewalk after school, wondering what to do to make the day special, a little boy with a yellow shining head floats down beside them. The children soon make friends with the strange new boy, and thus begins a magical journey that helps all the children see the world through new eyes. Duncan Weller combines evocative illustrations and poetic text & #8212; & #8220; For here, with everyone, / You are splinters of the sun& #8221; & #8212; in this enchanting story about taking the time to appreciate the natural world.
From the Publisher
Three gloomy children sit on the sidewalk when a little boy with a yellow, shining head floats down beside them. He takes them on a journey through the wonders of nature. Evocative illustrations combine with poetic text in this enchanting story about taking the time to appreciate the natural world.
About the Author
Duncan Weller won the top Canadian illustration prize, the Governor General's Award for Children's Literature, Illustration. He both writes and illustrates his children's picture books. Duncan now spends equal time writing adult works, poetry, short stories, and is currently working on a screenplay for a film to be shot in Thunder Bay.
Cheryl Rainfield's Children's Book Review Imagination can take us into wonderful places, and bring greater beauty and happiness to even painful situations. In The Boy from the Sun, three children sit, lonely and sad in a cold city, until a boy with a sun for a head comes down from the sky and shows them delights--a beautiful bird, flying children, whole cities of people and animals within trees, and lush greenry. As they follow the sun-boy along the sidewalk, the sidewalk begins to curve and change, and then disappears altogether. The sun boy tell the children that they can use their minds and creativity to change their lives, find new paths to take. And the children do. The Boy from the Sun suggests that we can all open our minds to creativity and inner imaginings to discover more choices and bring ourselves greater happiness. This is an inspiring, feel-good book, on many levels. Weller's text is, for the most part, sparse, without unnecessary detail, and thus moves quickly. Some pages have no text at all, and rely on the illustrations to carry the story forward, which they successfully do. Weller immediately engages reader empathy and identification by telling us that the children are sad, and that the day is a cold grey one, as well as by showing us the sad, lonely children in the illustration, each looking away from the others, together yet isolated and still. The children are never named, which I like; it leaves more room open for the reader to identify with them (and al