Summer Sun Risin’
Written by W. Nikola‑Lisa, Illustrated by Don Tate
A rooster crows to a young farm boy, “Wake up, little one—summer sun’s a–risin!” A little boy is woken up by his mother in his beloved home, already humming with activity, as the sun is rising on the horizon, “tastin’ the sweet, sweet air.” As the little boy eats his breakfast, the sun keeps him company, shining through the kitchen window and keeping everything his mother cooks for breakfast—eggs, toast, fritters and coffee—hot and presumably delicious to eat. Then, as the boy cracks open the barn door to begin early morning chores, he catches “the summer sun’s shinin’, floodin’ inside.” Through the course of busy, hard day of work on their farm, the sun is always present—whether glaring, blazing, or burning down on the boy and his family, or stirring a summer breeze as it slips down in the sky and he fishes with his Pa. Later, at home, having eaten dinner and been read a story for bedtime, the summer sun finally is asleep, the boy tells us, as he soon will be himself.
W. Nikola‑Lisa has authored 30 books for older and younger readers, including Bein’ with You this Way. Fans of Carter Reads the Newspaper will get to enjoy Don Tate’s wonderful illustrations, which bring to life the young boy, his family, the farm and its creatures all to life, along with the sun. (Ages 4‑8 years)