One day gray clouds, huge as mountains, covered the sky."" After three days, ""the chicks got worried""--and so, equipped by the mother hen with a grain of rye and a poppy seed each, they set out to find the sun and bring it back into the sky. Their search leads them to a snail, a magpie, a rabbit, a duck and a hedgehog, each of whom leaves its separately enticing habitat to accompany the party to the sun's house in the sky. Taking the artists' glowing, blossomy pages as a clue, you'll expect the chicks to realize at last that the sun has been shining all along. But it turns out that lose and Ariane are merely doing their own exuberant thing without any concessions to the text, where the scene becomes ""clean, fresh and golden"" only after the chicks have scrubbed and polished the sun at the end. The pictures are as delightful as usual and the tale has its charm, but preschoolers will be the first to point out that they don't tell the same story.