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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Review & Giveaway: Color of the Sun and Moon by Talia Aikens-Nunez, illustrations by Amy Caringella

Publisher: SundanceKid Press
Source: pr firm in exchange for an honest review
Release Date: November 30, 2016
Challenges: I Love Picture Books
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Blurb from goodreads:

Colors of the Sun and Moon is an English/Spanish STEM book which featuring an inquisitive young girl and her grandmother. The bright illustrations engage children and illuminate the science of the horizon with vibrant colors.

An inquisitive young girl questions her grandmother about the science behind the colors of the sun and moon. With a forward by Spencer Christian. "Colors of the Sun and Moon" is the second book from the new multicultural, multilingual children's press, SundanceKid Press. The mission of SundanceKid Press is to promote cultural, ethnic/racial and linguistic diversity in children's literature. Each page includes the English text along with the Spanish translation. A free audio recording is available on the SundanceKid Press website.

My Thoughts:

 "Color of the Sun and Moon" uses a story about a young girl and her grandmother to discuss basic weather and color science. The grandmother and her granddaughter are of undefined ethnicity but speak Spanish and English. The book is written in both languages, including the forward, but fails to provide a pronunciation guide for either language so readers who aren't fluent in either or both have to fumble and mangle their way through. The text ends a bit abruptly; I thought at first that maybe a page was missing. It could have used a resolution or wrap up.

The artwork is simplistic but with lovely colors. It nicely illustrates the topics that the grandmother and granddaughter talk about. Together with the text, the artwork introduces children to basic weather and color science, using simple easy to understand vocabulary. The book would probably work best for children of kindergarten age or older though younger children might enjoy the pictures.


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About the Author, Talia Aikens-Nuñez:

Talia Aikens-Nuñez wanted to be a meteorologist, a politician and a lawyer. She never thought she would be a writer. It was the birth of her daughter that caused her to start writing. Raising a bilingual child inspired Talia to write lyrical children's books. Talia's family loves nature so much that she and her husband vowed that they will always try to live close to water. They live on a river in Connecticut with their kids.
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  1. Looks like a cute educational coloring experience!

  2. It was cute, but not a coloring book. It's a nice book.


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