“I See the Sun” Children’s Book Series | Review & GiveAway

The I See The Sun books are a series of illustrated stories for children, about children from other countries. Set in Afghanistan, Nepal and China, each book follows a specific child throughout her day, as she experiences life in her own culture. The text of the story is written in both English, and the native language of the child in the story ~ genius! I was thrilled to receive all three of the books currently in the series (future titles include Russia, Mexico, India, and Israel/Palestine and have not yet been released), and really liked what I saw. All of these titles are published by Satya House Publications.

{ MY REVIEW }

The newest book in the series is I See The Sun In Afghanistan. This book is written in both English and in Dari, aslo known as Afghan Farsi, which is read from right to left. From the back cover…

Spend the day with Habiba, a young Afghan girl, in her hometown of Bamiyan. Her family is preparing for their cousins, aunt and uncle to move in with them. Habiba wonders how everyone will fit into their small home. Although this story takes place against the backdrop of war, it is not political. It is only a simple story about one day in the life of a young girl who lives with her loving family.

I enjoyed this story! The author, Dedie King, describes in simple terms the smell of fresh cooked food that become almost real as you read. This book is a very simple, yet touching look at life for a child in the middle east. I think any young reader would really feel Habiba’s confusion and sadness as she wonders why her cousins can no longer live in their home. The thing I enjoyed most about this book was the rich family heritage, and how Habiba clearly loved her family!

I See The Sun In China was the second book in the series, and it won the 2011 Teacher’s Choice Award. This book is written in both English and in Mandarin Chinese. From the back cover…

I See The Sun In China follows a young child as she travels from a small town to the city of Shanghai, portraying the events that take place from dawn until night over the course of that one day. The unspoken message of this book is the movement from the old to the new, while still maintaining some connections with the past. It depicts some of the many choices available in China today, and the drive to be successful in a modern world.

Although this child in this story is never named (which bothers me because every child I’ve ever met cares immensely about names, and would be confused by the absence of her’s), the story is charming and informative like all of the I See The Sun books. A child reading this story will get a good look at the merging of tradition and progress in modern China, and at the closeness of the family unit there. I really loved that the little girl and her aunt get a foot massage and chat about their day! What child won’t relate to having fun with an older family member?

The first book in the Sun series isI See The Sun In Nepal, and it is by far my favorite. This book is written in both English and in Nepali; the script used is called devanagari script. From the back cover…

Since the beginning of time our daily activities have been structured around the movement of the sun’s light across the sky. This is especially true of agrarian cultures such as rural village life in Nepal. I See The Sun In Nepal depicts on day from dawn until night in one child’s life in a small village in Nepal. Waking, eating, doing chores, going to school, playing with friends, all occur within the context of time of day, and the movement of the earth. 

This story takes place in Bandipur, a small town in western Nepal that is renowned for it’s beauty and tranquility. The little girl in this story, like the one in the China story, does not have a name, but the text is very simple and I did not feel the absence was important in this book. The village and individuals she knows are peaceful, and education is clearly important.  My favorite moment in this story was a tender encounter with her baby brother.

{ MEET THE AUTHOR }

The author of the I See The Sun books is Dedie King…

Author Dedie King was a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal in the mid-sixties. She taught school in Katmandu and in Bandipur. Together with her husband Peter she periodically returns to visit friends in Bandipur.

Presently Dedie practices Classical Five Element Acupuncture in Massachusetts.

{ MEET THE ILLUSTRATOR }

Judith Inglese is the talented artist behind the illustrations…

Illustrator Judith Inglese designs and fabricates ceramic murals for public spaces such as hospitals, libraries, schools and outdoor urban environments.

In her spare time she makes books as gifts for her children and grandchildren. In I See the Sun books she combines photography and drawing in her illustrations.

Visit Judith’s website at http://www.judithinglese.com

{ ONLINE CONNECTIONS FOR THESE BOOKS }

You can find out more about these and other books at the Satya House Publications Facebook fanpage: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Satya-House/122057587838658?sk=wall

Get regular updates about this book series and other books by Satya House Publications via their Twitter feed: http://twitter.com/#!/satyahouse

Check out these great books and information about the author and illustrator at their webpage: http://www.iseethesunbooks.com/

{ MY RECOMMENDATIONS }

These books are perfect for social studies reading either in the classroom or at home. Beginning readers ~ Kindergarten through second grade ~ will benefit most from them, based on the simplicity of the text, and the perceived age of the children in the stories. But younger children will enjoy the illustrations, even if they do not entirely grasp the subject matter. My niece is only two years old, but she loved these books!

My mother-in-law is a professional in early childhood education, and she says that she believes these books are very well done, from an educational standpoint, and would be perfect for any young reader’s library! They are bi-lingual, multi-cultural, and will give your children (and you!) a great look into new and interesting cultures.

{ BUY THESE BOOKS }

Want to own your own copies of these lovely multi-cultural books? You can purchase them individually on the main website, here. Each book is only $12.95 ~ a very good price! You can also purchase them via Amazon.com. Click on the title of the book to be taken to the correct webpage: I See The Sun In Afghanistan for $11.01, I See The Sun In China for $11.01, and I See The Sun In Nepal for $10.36.

{ WIN THESE BOOKS }

Three lucky Freckleberry Finds readers will be taking home their own free copies of these great books! Each winner will receive one of the three titles in the series. Interested? You should be! These are great books, and you and your kids (or lucky kids you know) will really love the colorful illustrations and thoughtful text of the I See The Sun books.

This giveaway will run for two weeks, and (of course!) we are using Rafflecopter. Remember, make sure you follow the posted instructions for each entry; only entries received via the Rafflecopter widget will count, so only use the comment section for blog lovin’. Have fun, and tell your friends! Good luck!


Comments

  1. renee walters says:

    I follow your blog on GFC and like you on Facebook! I would love to win this! Thanks for the fantastic giveaway!
    Renee Walters
    bored2quickly@hotmail.com

  2. Just wanted to let you know that your Picket Fence link doesn’t work. The button does, though!

  3. Just wanted to say that I think these books look wonderful for children to learn about different cultures & languages. Thanks for review & giveaway. :-)

  4. I am a follower.

  5. Thanks for this great giveaway – I work in an elementary school system with children from all around the world – this would be a great win for me (and the students) Thanks for the opportunity!