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The Sun Is So Quiet

The Sun Is So Quiet

Nikki Giovanni; Illustrated by Ashley Bryan

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Quiet . . .
like a quilt on a feather bed . . .
and frost on the window . . .
we write our names knowing . . .
the sun will melt them off

But the sun is so quiet . . .
that we don't care
we smile
—from Connie by Nikki Giovanni

The quiet and noisy, wintery and sometimes sunny poems in The Sun Is So Quiet will always make you smile. Nikki Giovanni describes riding rainbows, tiptoeing through strawberry patches, licking chocolaty fingers, snuggling under covers, and many other wonderful childhood moments. Ashley Bryan's warmest, most colorful illustrations make each page look like a bright, beaming smile.

Together, they have created a collection that you can linger over like a peppermint candy cane or enjoy as quickly as a snowflake melts on your nose.

Parents' Choice Award Winner

Praise for The Sun Is So Quiet

“The bold, fluid lines of the gouache and tempera compositions make for a particularly eye-catching volume, just right for reeling in the read-aloud crowd and introducing them to the joys of poetry.” —Publishers Weekly

“Simple poems by the famous poet Nikki Giovanni are paired beautifully with colorful drawings that will pull the young reader into their magic. . . . A lovely first book of poems.” —Children's Literature

“The brilliant yellows, the vibrant patchwork quilts, and the shapeshifting snowflakes provide a visual feast.” —School Library Journal

In the Press

Giovanni (The Genie in the Jar) and Bryan (What a Morning!) form a fruitful partnership in this ebullient collection of 13 poems. Whatever Giovanni's topic, her poetry builds on an underlying exuberan - Publishers Weekly

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Nikki Giovanni; Illustrated by Ashley Bryan

Nikki Giovanni is the author of Lincoln and Douglass,Spin a Soft Black Song, The Sun Is So Quiet, and the Caldecott Honor Book Rosa. Her autobiography Gemini was a finalist for the National Book Award, and several of her books have received NAACP Image Awards. She was the first recipient of the Rosa L. Parks Woman of Courage Award, and has been awarded the Langston Hughes Medal for poetry.

Ashley Bryan is a beloved children's book artist whose works include What a Morning!; The Christmas Story in Black Spirituals; and Beat the Story-Drum, Pum-Pum.

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