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From the author of Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years comes a new picture book about space--this time starring our Sun! Meet Sun: He's a star! And not just any star--he's one in a billion. He lights up our solar system and makes life possible. With characteristic humor and charm, Stacy McAnulty channels the voice of Sun in this next celestial autobiography. Rich with kid-fr From the author of Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years comes a new picture book about space--this time starring our Sun! Meet Sun: He's a star! And not just any star--he's one in a billion. He lights up our solar system and makes life possible. With characteristic humor and charm, Stacy McAnulty channels the voice of Sun in this next celestial autobiography. Rich with kid-friendly facts and beautifully illustrated, Sun! One in a Billion is an equally charming and irresistible companion to Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years.


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From the author of Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years comes a new picture book about space--this time starring our Sun! Meet Sun: He's a star! And not just any star--he's one in a billion. He lights up our solar system and makes life possible. With characteristic humor and charm, Stacy McAnulty channels the voice of Sun in this next celestial autobiography. Rich with kid-fr From the author of Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years comes a new picture book about space--this time starring our Sun! Meet Sun: He's a star! And not just any star--he's one in a billion. He lights up our solar system and makes life possible. With characteristic humor and charm, Stacy McAnulty channels the voice of Sun in this next celestial autobiography. Rich with kid-friendly facts and beautifully illustrated, Sun! One in a Billion is an equally charming and irresistible companion to Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years.

30 review for Sun!: One in a Billion

  1. 4 out of 5

    Calista

    Stacy has a trilogy at the moment that is one of my favorites. We have read Earth, Moon and now Sun!. (I hope she adds Mars to it someday.) They are great books with personality first and she sprinkles facts in so that you don’t even know they’re there. Our sun is amazing. We are positioned just perfectly so life will grow here. Did you know the Sun rotates and moves?? I didn’t know that, but it does. The sun’s polls also shift every 11 years which is when all the solar flares happen. We also rot Stacy has a trilogy at the moment that is one of my favorites. We have read Earth, Moon and now Sun!. (I hope she adds Mars to it someday.) They are great books with personality first and she sprinkles facts in so that you don’t even know they’re there. Our sun is amazing. We are positioned just perfectly so life will grow here. Did you know the Sun rotates and moves?? I didn’t know that, but it does. The sun’s polls also shift every 11 years which is when all the solar flares happen. We also rotate within the Milky Way which only takes 230 million years to do so. I love the personality Stacy gives the sun. It’s perfect and happy. The kids love these books and my niece wanted to read this book with us. Yes. How exciting. The niece loves her fact books and these are fun facts she calls them. They enjoyed sun’s sparkling personality as much as I did. They were amazed at some things they learned. The niece really loved this book. She said Earth was her favorite book and this is her second of these. She gave it 4 stars. Even the nephew wasn’t bored by this. He thought Sun was cute and he wants a toy just like the cover. He loved seeing pictures of the Sun at Sunset and Sunrise as it was different colors. He gave this 4 stars as well.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    Sun!: One in a Billion is the second children's picture book in the Our Universe series written by Stacy McAnulty and illustrated by Stevie Lewis, which stars the Sun as an exuberant celestial body with brown eyes and a broad smile, who is happy to tell its life story. McAnulty's text is rather simplistic and straightforward. It is an anthropomorphic story about the Sun and its relations within the solar system, the Milky Way, and to the Earthlings. Additional notes could be found at the back of Sun!: One in a Billion is the second children's picture book in the Our Universe series written by Stacy McAnulty and illustrated by Stevie Lewis, which stars the Sun as an exuberant celestial body with brown eyes and a broad smile, who is happy to tell its life story. McAnulty's text is rather simplistic and straightforward. It is an anthropomorphic story about the Sun and its relations within the solar system, the Milky Way, and to the Earthlings. Additional notes could be found at the back of the book. Lewis' mixed-media cartoons work in perfect sync with the narration to share the astronomical tidbits with panache. The premise of the book is rather straightforward. The Sun (with a capital S) is the friendly narrator who talks about its importance to the solar system and planet Earth and yet humble and accepting enough to know that compared to other stars, he is a tad small, cool, and young. The Sun relays its basic history: It was born 4.6 billion years ago and is willing to stick around for another six billion years or so. All in all, Sun!: One in a Billion is a wonderful history of the Sun, albeit cursory, and a wonderful continuation to a children's book series that I look forward to reading.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kellee Moye

    The humor that Stacy McAnulty adds to her books about space really add to the engagement factor (for both the reader and listener); the Sun’s attitude in this one actually made me laugh out loud while reading, but I also learned some pretty cool facts while reading. I know that this book is going to be in our rotation because Trent wants to be an astronaut, and this one was an instant hit! I am so glad that there are amazing space books out there that add something new to the conversation and go The humor that Stacy McAnulty adds to her books about space really add to the engagement factor (for both the reader and listener); the Sun’s attitude in this one actually made me laugh out loud while reading, but I also learned some pretty cool facts while reading. I know that this book is going to be in our rotation because Trent wants to be an astronaut, and this one was an instant hit! I am so glad that there are amazing space books out there that add something new to the conversation and go about the information in a new and funny way! I really hope that this series continues because I’d love to see the personalities of all of the other parts of our solar system (and maybe some cool space objects from other systems!). Full review with teaching tools: http://www.unleashingreaders.com/?p=1...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    SUN! combines darling illustrations with a fun, informative text. Sun is, of course, telling his own story. He wants to make sure that the reader knows just how important he is. This would come across as obnoxious if he weren't so friendly looking in the illustrations. The information is blended beautifully with the story leaving the reader almost unaware he/she has learned anything. There is some additional information at the back of the book for readers who want to know more. This book would w SUN! combines darling illustrations with a fun, informative text. Sun is, of course, telling his own story. He wants to make sure that the reader knows just how important he is. This would come across as obnoxious if he weren't so friendly looking in the illustrations. The information is blended beautifully with the story leaving the reader almost unaware he/she has learned anything. There is some additional information at the back of the book for readers who want to know more. This book would work well both at home and in a classroom. This book would make a fun introduction to a unit on the solar system and the sun's importance in it. The illustrations are large and attractive and cleverly done. A book both amusing and educational.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    With its colorful illustrations, created with colored pencils and digital tools, this picture book is a fine introduction to the Sun. For those who enjoyed the earlier Earth: My first 4.54 Billion Years, this one has the same appeal, using a first-person narrative and lots of sun-related puns. Readers will finish it with a feeling of gratitude for their very existence. For without the perfectly-positioned Sun, life would be very, very different. Here's hoping the Sun will stick around for anothe With its colorful illustrations, created with colored pencils and digital tools, this picture book is a fine introduction to the Sun. For those who enjoyed the earlier Earth: My first 4.54 Billion Years, this one has the same appeal, using a first-person narrative and lots of sun-related puns. Readers will finish it with a feeling of gratitude for their very existence. For without the perfectly-positioned Sun, life would be very, very different. Here's hoping the Sun will stick around for another 6 billion years or so. Teachers and caregivers will want to add this one to their library to inspire interest in space and the solar system.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Autumn

    A and I saw this book in the library and knew we had to get it. The cover is just too amazing! We learned a lot about the Sun in this book and he is very important. The author did a great job with not just making the information boring it is fun and educational. The pictures are beautiful I have to say there is one part in the book where the Sun describes how he is great for sunsets, sunrises, northern lights and southern lights. I have to say those four pictures of the sun in those settings are A and I saw this book in the library and knew we had to get it. The cover is just too amazing! We learned a lot about the Sun in this book and he is very important. The author did a great job with not just making the information boring it is fun and educational. The pictures are beautiful I have to say there is one part in the book where the Sun describes how he is great for sunsets, sunrises, northern lights and southern lights. I have to say those four pictures of the sun in those settings are AMAZING!!!! This book I would highly recommend in a classroom or in the school library!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    This book does a wonderful job of presenting scientific information in a funny and entertaining way. This is a perfect introduction to the Sun for young readers. The illustrations are lovely as well.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Michele Knott

    Oh, I am really enjoying this series!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kirsti Call

    Perfect companion to EARTH! This engaging story made us laugh and learn!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Cheeky Sun stars in this fun and factual picture book about his importance in our solar system. A great introduction for youngsters both in a classroom setting and those with inquiring minds.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Marissa Elera

    As informative as it is adorable!!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    DiAnne Warfield

    Preschool story time 6-11-19

  13. 5 out of 5

    Stay Fetters

    Very informative about the Sun and what it does for Earth. The illustrations were very cutesy and eye catching. I wish they had these kinds of books when I was a kid.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Megan Rosenkranz

    This would be a great option for the read aloud, guided part of my comprehension lesson I will be teaching. I like his book because it is informational and fun, but would also engage my students because it is different than what we normally do in science.

  15. 4 out of 5

    M'Kayla Harry

    This cute little book introduces the sun and other parts of our solar system with pictures. It is a more interesting take on your traditional informational books. I loved the diagram that shows how far the planets are from the sun.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Darinda

    A fun book about the sun. Sun is one in a billion, and he's a star! Humor and good info make for a fantastic read for kids. Great illustrations. A fun book about the sun. Sun is one in a billion, and he's a star! Humor and good info make for a fantastic read for kids. Great illustrations.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*

    Sun! One in a Billion by Stacy McAnulty, illustrated by Stevie Lewis. Henry Holt and Company, 2018. $18. 9781250199324 BUYING ADVISORY: EL (K-3), EL - ESSENTIAL AUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGH This darling book is narrated by the Sun. The sun explains what it means to be a star, what it does for Earth, how far and how big it is, and hot it is. The sun uses statistics and comparisons, and well as jokes and a little bragging to explain who he is. The Sun as a narrator is the perfect balance of charming and inf Sun! One in a Billion by Stacy McAnulty, illustrated by Stevie Lewis. Henry Holt and Company, 2018. $18. 9781250199324 BUYING ADVISORY: EL (K-3), EL - ESSENTIAL AUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGH This darling book is narrated by the Sun. The sun explains what it means to be a star, what it does for Earth, how far and how big it is, and hot it is. The sun uses statistics and comparisons, and well as jokes and a little bragging to explain who he is. The Sun as a narrator is the perfect balance of charming and informative. My kids kept pointing out when he was bragging, which I thought added to his charm because it was a play on the word “star”. The numbers used in this book are always presented in relative terms, making them very accessible, and I may have even learned a thing or two. This is more picture book than informational text, but it does contain a lot of great curriculum connections. Jen Wecker, HS English Teacher https://kissthebookjr.blogspot.com/20...

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sara Magnafichi

    Having read Moon and Earth, I had to read Sun! Similar to the other books in the series, Sun is the narrator, and teaches facts about how it is a star in the center of the universe. I highly recommend this book, and quite honestly, the entire series, to any young reader who wants to learn more about the solar system. My students begged to read this one after having read the other books in the series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shaye Miller

    LOVED this book by Stacy McAnulty. While it's a nonfiction book about the sun and our solar system, "Sun" (he insists on capitalizing it) has such personality and wants us to understand how important the sun is to Earth. Size, heat, mass, and volume are all put into perspective. The back matter includes more information, along with a note that scientists are always making new discoveries and so this book only contains what we understand up to this point. So McAnulty encourages readers to jot dow LOVED this book by Stacy McAnulty. While it's a nonfiction book about the sun and our solar system, "Sun" (he insists on capitalizing it) has such personality and wants us to understand how important the sun is to Earth. Size, heat, mass, and volume are all put into perspective. The back matter includes more information, along with a note that scientists are always making new discoveries and so this book only contains what we understand up to this point. So McAnulty encourages readers to jot down additional details they learn in the book (unless they don't own the book, then she suggests using sticky notes). The illustrations are created with colored pencils and digital tools. For more children's literature, middle grade literature, and YA literature reviews, feel free to visit my personal blog at The Miller Memo!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    Bright and informative presentation with a winning layout for the younger astronomer, and lots of numerical facts for the older crowd. Know a little one who can name and identify all the planets? This book is a way to enrich the details of Sun. Colored pencil and digital tools were used to create the illustrations.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I am a fan of this series. Earth, My first 4.54 Billion years was the first. Now, we have Sun! One in a Billions and in June comes Moon! Earth's Best Friend. These books are fun, funny, informative, and an exciting introduction to our Universe. Written in the first person point of view of the Sun, it tells us why something so hot is so cool. I am a fan of this series. Earth, My first 4.54 Billion years was the first. Now, we have Sun! One in a Billions and in June comes Moon! Earth's Best Friend. These books are fun, funny, informative, and an exciting introduction to our Universe. Written in the first person point of view of the Sun, it tells us why something so hot is so cool.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Informative and entertaining! This book stars the Sun (with a capital S!) as a cheeky self-promoter introducing us to himself and explaining all the reasons we have to love him. It's readable and fun, definitely a great intro to the sun for the elementary age crowd! A fun read aloud with great illustrations. Informative and entertaining! This book stars the Sun (with a capital S!) as a cheeky self-promoter introducing us to himself and explaining all the reasons we have to love him. It's readable and fun, definitely a great intro to the sun for the elementary age crowd! A fun read aloud with great illustrations.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Davidson

    A beautifully illustrated book about our sun, as told with humour from the perspective of Sun itself. Very interesting and fascinating facts presented in an entertaining way. A fun read while being educational.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jaime

    What a great introduction to the star. I definitely think littles would enjoy this with its cute illustrations and short prose. I also think older kids would like how the information is presented. A fantastic book!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Boling

    12/31/2018 ~ Great tongue in cheek autobiography of the STAR of our solar system, The Sun (with a capital S, because it's important!) Interesting explanations of gravity, mass, age, rotation, etc. complete with additional facts at the end of the book. 12/31/2018 ~ Great tongue in cheek autobiography of the STAR of our solar system, The Sun (with a capital S, because it's important!) Interesting explanations of gravity, mass, age, rotation, etc. complete with additional facts at the end of the book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Bethe

    What a ham, our Sun! Humorous look at the facts about the sun, from his point of view! Back matter includes an interview, author's note, more facts, and resources. I need to read the sibling book about Earth! Don't miss the case cover art. What a ham, our Sun! Humorous look at the facts about the sun, from his point of view! Back matter includes an interview, author's note, more facts, and resources. I need to read the sibling book about Earth! Don't miss the case cover art.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    This book was informative as well as humorous. It included a lot of statistics that might go over a lot of young students heads but I found them fascinating. The illustrations were bright and cheery, as you would expect a book about the sun should be, but they really added a lot to the story

  28. 4 out of 5

    Margaux

    Super cute, accessible non-fiction picture book about the Sun. Great comparisons, like how a campfire is 2,000* F, and the Sun's surface is 10,000*F. It helps break up the big numbers and statistics into bite-sized pieces for little minds. Super cute, accessible non-fiction picture book about the Sun. Great comparisons, like how a campfire is 2,000* F, and the Sun's surface is 10,000*F. It helps break up the big numbers and statistics into bite-sized pieces for little minds.

  29. 5 out of 5

    ❂ Ann ❂

    Fun book, narrated by the sun, resembling a self-help book but is scientifically sound. I've never seen the sun embued with machisimo. Hilarious! Just a side note: I'm not sure if I agree with the author that the sun is a boy. Fun book, narrated by the sun, resembling a self-help book but is scientifically sound. I've never seen the sun embued with machisimo. Hilarious! Just a side note: I'm not sure if I agree with the author that the sun is a boy.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    I love how Stacy take non-fiction content and writes about it in a format that is lighthearted and fun. This is a great second book in the series and will be enjoyed as much as Earth!

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