⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ If I Was the Sunshine by Julie Fogliano and Loren Long (Blog Tour Version)

I’m really excited to be part of a book book tour for If I Was the Sunshine this week!

Out just a few days ago from Atheneum Books, this Julie Fogliano and Loren Long children’s picture book speaks lyrically to the interconnectedness of the world around us.

In a back-and-forth narration, a you and an I share the ways they are connected. On the page with a worm eyeing an apple, the lines read, “if i was an apple / and you were a worm / you’d call me lunch.” The following page, showing the worm wiggling its way into the apple reads, “and i’d call you squirm.” Earth’s grandeur and simplicity are captured in this rhythmic title.

Long’s stunning acrylic paintings complement perfectly Fogliano’s language, poetic and transcendent. Here are a view of the beautiful spreads:

I love how Long’s painting here features a hibernating bear beneath the snowy landscape.
The same hillside from the previous spread now embodies spring, bright with sunshine and multicolored flowers.

Some of the book’s spreads that are not as related explicitly to the others will leave readers craving Banyai’s Zoom. Some young readers may become confused by some of the word choice, and those who gravitate toward more traditional plot lines may be underwhelmed.

A book that will wow with its illustrations and powerful message of connectedness, If I was the Sunshine earns four stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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