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SUMMER SUN RISIN’ by W. Nikola-Lisa


by W. Nikola-Lisa & illustrated by Don Tate

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: April 1st, 2001
ISBN: 1-58430-034-5
Publisher: Lee & Low

Sunny acrylic and oil paintings on textured paper coupled with verses featuring colloquial language portray a summer day in the life of a hardworking African-American farm family. It’s not all work and no play on this farm, however; the affectionate family makes time for “fishin’” and “readin’” after a long day spent milking cows, feeding animals, wiring a chicken coop, mowing, and hoeing in the hot sun. The folksy text is full of homespun details, like the description of a farm breakfast, featuring “Fritters in a pan, coffee in the pot.” It’s complemented by bright, stylized illustrations that inspire a virtual sweat as readers follow the family through their chores and feel their tired satisfaction at the end of a productive day. The rhythmic verses beg to be read aloud, and the colors and typeface are bold enough for group sharing. A cheery introduction to farm life and simple poetry. (Picture book. 3-6)