Sweep Up the Sun by Helen Frost and Rick Lieder


51iuTZgl5WL     Sweep Up the Sun by Helen Frost and Rick Lieder, Candlewick Press, (978-0763669041), 2015.

Format: Picture Book

Rating: 1-5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 5+

Genre:  Poetry

What did you like about the book?  In this stunning pairing of verse and images, Helen Frost’s lovely poem is nearly eclipsed by the breathtaking images of birds in flight photographed by Rick Lieder. For anyone who ever wanted to reach out and touch a bird in flight, the photos in this book (reminiscent of Nic Bishop’s phenomenal wildlife photos) are about as close as you can get to that experience. A two-page spread at the end of the book identifies all of the birds and gives some facts about each. There is a big dose of wonder encapsulated in this simple picture book.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No.

To whom would you recommend this book?  (Read-alikes if you can think of them)  Recommend to young readers who enjoy poems that celebrate the wonders of nature.  Suggest also to teachers and parents looking for accessible poetry with glorious illustrations to hook readers.

Readalikes would be other books that combine poems suitable for young readers along with nature photographs such as Step Gently Out by Helen Frost, A Mirror to Nature by Jane Yolen and Bug Off! also by Jane Yolen.

Who should buy this book?  This would work well in elementary and public libraries, classrooms, and home settings.

Where would you shelve it? Shelve with poetry books.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Yes, it is a quick read and quite lovely.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA

Date of review:  3/31/15

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