Journey from your neighborhood to a field where an earthworm loops its long body into a ball underground, and to a desert where a jackrabbit loses heat through its oversized ears. Beneath the Sun shows readers how animals survive the hottest time of the year.
My thoughts: Illustrated with soft water colors and soft, yet definitive lines, Beneath the Sun captures the essence of life underneath the hot summer sun for life on Planet Earth. Whether it is the spittlebug staying safe from enemies and the sizzling rays of the sun underneath it's milky white goo of bubbly froth or animals hiding in the shadows or dens where it is cooler during the heat of the day only to emerge in the cooler night air, survival Beneath the Sun is innate in all creatures.
The heat of the sun encompasses dessert, sea shore, and forest; and survival and coping skills abound amongst the creatures. Even in the sea, the sea anemones pull in their tentacles and the sea stars hide in the shade of a dense seaweed mat.
Living creatures all - animals, insects, sea life, mankind, cope with the heat of the sun and revel and relax in the cool of the summer's night air.
I thoroughly enjoyed the lovely illustrations created by Constance Bergum. Though softly drawn and not photographic like, they still were pretty true to life. The artwork and text by author Melissa Steward were well coordinated. This is a book designed for the young child ages 4-8 and does a good job for this age group.
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DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy of Beneath the Sun by Peachtree Publishers in exchange for my honest review. Opinions expressed are solely my own and I received no compensation for this review. Giveaway copy is also provided directly to the winner by Peachtree Publishers.