The Sun Shines Everywhere by Mary Ann Hoberman, author of the You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You series, engages audiences of all ages as Hoberman describes the power of sunshine. Her text describes how the sun unites and nourishes all of us — animals, plants and humans – throughout the globe. Through her repetitive text and rhyming verse, the book illustrates valuing our diversity, community, and environment. She includes references to both present-day and historical periods. Her words are complemented by the vivid, engaging, and “busy” illustrations of Luciano Lozano.
But no matter where we are,
The sun, it doesn’t care.
Just wait a while and it will smile,
The sun shines everywhere!
- Have students decide if this is an “about the world”/information book or a storybook/narrative.
- Use as a mentor text for fluency and/or rhyming activity.
- Support children in exploring illustrations on the inside front cover and inside back cover. How does this add to or connect with the overall text?
- Integrate with relevant social studies and science lessons.
“That mom and dad look like mine!“
“Wooo – they just went ‘back in time’! That was a loooong time ago. Wait? The sun has been around that long?“
“It’s a story about the sun…the main character…it has power on us and plants and animals…no, it’s not a character, actually. It never really has a problem or changes. It’s so powerful though! Like, forever powerful.“