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Kids Nonfiction 491
informative picture book with plenty of learning opportunities
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
4.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0
MORNING, SUNSHINE! is an informative journey through nature and poetry. Each spread features a haiku on the left page and then a longer description on the right. For instance, moths are fluttering away before sunrise in a lovely haiku poem on the left and then the right page tells about moths, such as camouflage, their appearances as a survival mechanism, and that they are nocturnal with some of what they eat. These facts are quite informative and interesting. The background/borders of each page is composed of lovely drawings of the creatures.

What I loved: This is a highly informative book that would be perfect for elementary classrooms. Not only does it depict a bunch of haiku poetry, which also has intructions for how-to make your own at the end, but it also includes tons of really interesting and fascinating facts about bugs, animals, birds, and even the sky around sunrise. These are a sequential journey through nature in the time just before and after sunrise. Children can learn a lot about composing poems, nature, and step-by-step processes. The font is also large and easy to read aloud.

There are also a lot of classroom activities that could be derived from this book, including having children write their own poems, making stories using the facts in the book, learning new vocabulary (a glossary is included in the back), learning about syllables (as they are used in haiku poetry), and more. In the current climate, this would also make a great home learning tool.

Aside from these, the book can also be read faster for younger (preschool, toddler) readers by just reading through the lovely haiku poems, which provides a faster but still informative experience. The pages are very colorful and the creatures throughout are just as cute as those on the cover.

Final verdict: Highly informative, educational, and fun to read, MORNING, SUNSHINE! is a great pick for young readers.
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