Laura Alary

Laura Alary

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Quill and Quire Review: Sun in My Tummy

March 29, 2022

I find it both exciting and a bit nerve-wracking when reviews of a new book begin to come in. So you can imagine the delight I felt when I learned that Sun in My Tummy had received a starred review from Quill and Quire!

After describing Sun in My Tummy as a “radiant picture-book homage to our nearest star and main source of energy on earth” the review goes on:

“Unfolding at a leisurely pace, this kitchen table conversation covers a lot of ground, which includes plant life cycles, food webs, and photosynthesis. The rhythmic second-person narration is immediately immersive and full of relatable, child-friendly comparisons: “Not long ago, these oats were a field of swaying grasses. Before that, seeds, snuggled deep in the dark earth, like you in your blankets. What woke them? The sun!”

Scientific concepts are presented in easy-to-understand, lyrical language. Nature is full of surprises, and the chemical process that plants use to transform carbon dioxide, water, and sunlight into sugar – which in turn fuels life – is described with beguiling awe and infectious enthusiasm: “Food from thin air!” As the hungry little girl tucks into her bowl of oatmeal and blueberries, delicious prompts like “Is that the taste of sunlight?” encourage inspection, reflection, and sensory engagement.”

You can read the whole thing here: https://quillandquire.com/review/sun-in-my-tummy/

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