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How the Sun Was Brought Back to the Sky

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After the sun fails to shine for the third day, a group of chicks go in search of it with the help of their animal friends.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published 1975 by Macmillan Publishing
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Sep 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Young Children Who Enjoy Gentler Quest Stories / Young Folklore Lovers
A brood of fluffy young chicks sets out to find the sun and bring it back to the sky in this folktale from Slovenia, published in 1975, and translated by the prolific Mirra Ginsburg, who has made so many Eastern European works available to American readers. Outfitted by the mother hen with a grain of rye and a poppy-seed each (sounds like slim rations for a long quest to me...), they wander about, asking each animal they meet whether they know where the sun lives, and picking up quite an entoura ...more
David Gilmore
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the one book I still remember from my childhood (born in 1976)! I could never remember the title, though, and just came across it here. My childhood was full of books and I was a voracious reader so it pleases me to no end to have rediscovered one my favorite reads of all time!
D.R. Martinez
May 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
I spent the whole night trying to find this book last night! It's a real task if you can't remember the title of a rare book. I loved this story when I was a child and I can't wait to share it with my child. ...more
May 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I have always loved this book -- one of the top five I keep as an adult, because I loved it so much as a child.
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Like other (retold) folktales, there is a situation, a dilemma, or a problem. The sun has not shone in three days, just sad, gray clouds. And like in other tales, there is a journey, and a destination, and help along the way. It's a tale that emphasizes the interdependence of all living creatures, and the sun and the moon and the earth. The young chicks in this tale set out on a journey, and at the end of the journey, something is gained, something is learned, and at the end of the tale there is ...more
Jan 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Reminiscent of the-sky-is-falling stories this one sees a group of adventuring animals on a quest to return the sun to the sky because it had been absent for 3 days.

When they arrive at the sun's house, which looks a lot like American Southwest architecture, the sun is awoken and replies with, "Oh, oh! ... I don't even know how to shine any more." Next comes a display that would make Neil de Grasse Tyson cringe. The animals pour water on, scrub, dry with a towel, and pick the dust off of the sun'
Carlie Peters
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I remember loving this book as a little girl, and I don't know what happened to it. Over the years I forgot about it and even the title. I'm now 46, and the mother of 2 sons who are 13 and 8. Me and my mom were talking last week about books, I told her about this book and remembered her reading it to me and my little brother. I remembered the cover being brown around the edges from the wooden doors and the big yellow sun with his little friends. So I literally GOOGLED: classic children's book fr ...more
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Five stars because my 4 year old grandson loves it, and asks to hear it again every time I see him! There's hope for these kids.
It's a sweet story, with details that make it even more fun to read with a child.
Anna Katherina
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is the book I remember from my childhood and i fervently believed that is how the sun was placed in the sky again.
Lynda Nightingale
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I grew up with this book and now I have shared it with both my kiddos!! We still love it!! A good old kids book, written when I was born, 1975!!❤
Dec 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was my favorite book as a kid and my daughter loves it just as much!
Rosa Cline
Jan 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
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I received this book when I was a very little girl. I remember my mother reading it to me and it being a favorite of mine, then later learnt to read it myself. I then read it to my children and now am reading it to my 2 year old granddaughter! Illustrations are wonderful almost a waterpaint but not really... will captivate listeners and readers both.

The sun hadn't shown in 3 days so little chicks first missed him, then they set out and asked others along the way where the sun lived. They encount
Katie Williams
I found this book when looking up books for a sources of light lesson. It's a story about baby bunnies who venture off to find the sun. They eventually end up finding it sleeping in the clouds, wake it up, and the sun shines brightly and disperses the rain clouds. I didn't use this book, but it was a nice story and a good topic book for sources of light. A lot of the story is fictional, so it would be a good connection for kids to tell the difference between how light works in real life compared ...more
May 22, 2008 rated it it was ok
The best part of this book is when the animals wash the sun so that it can come back out and shine. Especially when the hedgehog polishes it with his bristles. Otherwise both the pictures and text are forgettable.
I loved the pictures in this book. They were imprinted on my memory and have stayed for a very long time. Although the story may not be profound, it was nice and simple and enough to stay with me.
Dec 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was such a sweet children's book I heard at work last year, I had to get it for myself! ...more
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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The poor little Sun is so cute.
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Mirra Ginsburg was a Jewish Russian-American translator of Russian literature, a collector of folk tales and a children's writer. Born in Bobruisk (then part of the Russian Empire, now part of modern-day Belarus) in 1909, she moved with her family to Latvia, then to Canada, before they settled in the United States. Although she won praise for her translations of adult literature, including the Mas ...more

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