Newly Released Under a Sunflower Sun is a Book of Perfect Bedtime Poetry for Youngsters

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Time passes slowly on the farm. In Canada's rural areas, time has a charmed, relaxed, well-defined pace, a rhythmic flow bound to the natural order of life, the seasons and all things great and small.

Hilary Gillespie has a special love and respect for life on the farm. It's something she wants to pass along to younger generations, just as a mother might wish to pass along a treasured family heirloom. This explains, at least in part, the emotional bonds that have led Gillespie to create a whimsical book of poetry for youngsters. It's called Under a Sunflower Sun on Straggle's Farm – and its lilting, poems tell the story of rural life so delightfully and respectfully that young readers will find themselves, page after page, captivated, enthralled and falling under its spell.

The poetry in Under a Sunflower Sun on Straggle’s Farm will entertain your children; the colourful illustrations by Lynn Smith are the perfect complement to Gillespie's insightful poetry, bringing the book to life in a lovingly detailed way. Smith has captured the dream of the book in her charming, vivid depiction of the changing moods of rural life.

The book opens with Sunflower Days, the author's ode to late summer. It moves into the early autumn months with poems entitled Pumpkins and Fall Fields, and continues with a poetic dedication to Straggle the Scarecrow and the lonely, Raggedy-Ann job he does to keep the crows away. Winter is celebrated with Snowman's Land and Winter Branches and the author brings in spring with the lovely Whose Nest?, a poem that honours the nesting, life-giving instincts of the birds that inhabit the land.

Moms and Dads will love Under a Sunflower Sun on Straggle's Farm. It's the kind of book they'll want to share with their young sons and daughters at bedtime as they drift into sleep and dreams. Because it is so respectful of the changing seasons and of all living things, this is the kind of book that encourages our children to be equally respectful. These poems, this tribute to the natural world, are perfect bedtime stories.

Perhaps most importantly -in its own quiet way – Under a Sunflower Sun, will gently instill in youngsters a sense of their own unique place in this wonderful world of ours. This charmingly illustrated book of poetry connects your child with the magic and mystery to be found in the everyday.

Under a Sunflower Sun on Straggle's Farm by Hilary Gillespie
ISBN: 9780986593703            
illustrations by Lynn Smith

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