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Sun Flower Lion
In six short chapters, this gloriously uncluttered volume first introduces the sun, a flower, and a lion, using the same basic central shape to connect their similarities from one chapter to the next and always asking readers if they can see each one. The story morphs into the lion’s dream of being in a field of flowers as big as the sun, and those flowers suddenly become cookies. The lion eats them all before waking up hungry, running home to his family for supper, and then to sleep. “He is happy. Can you see him? Yes, you can.” The palette is limited to two shades of yellow, a muted warm white, a little gray, and bold black outlines, which work in perfect harmony with the playful narrative showcasing Henkes’s mastery of language, structure, timing, and child appeal. Highly Commended, 2021-2022 Charlotte Zolotow Award ©2021 Cooperative Children’s Book Center
CCBC Age Recommendation: Ages 2-6
Babies/Toddlers (birth – 3)
PreK-Early Elementary (Ages 4-7)
Publish Year: 2020
CCBC Location: Picture Book, Henkes
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