Review of Geena Bean’s Come Back Dear Sun

I recently saw a post on Facebook that says, “My curfew was lightning bugs. My parents didn’t call my cell; they yelled my name. I played outside, not online.” How many of you can relate to that? Our curfew wasn’t necessarily lightning bugs, but “when the street lights come on.” We ran; we rode our bikes; we played kickball, wiffle ball, and basketball. We swam. We played in cardboard boxes (which were mansions, forts, or whatever we needed them to be for whatever game we were playing). We also created villages out of G.I. Joe men and milk cartons and set them on fire so we could put them out (we wanted to be firemen). OK, so that last example was terrible, but the point is that we played, interacted, and played some more. We came home scuffed up, dirty, and tired, and we looked forward to doing it all over again the next day.

Reading Geena Bean’s Come Back Dear Sun brought me back to that time, a time that unfortunately children today will never understand. I am not criticizing people who allow their children to play video games (hey, we had Atari!), but nowadays you don’t see kids having the kind of outdoor fun that we had.

I love the approach taken in the book—that it’s the sun that misses the children! What a great way to illustrate the importance of playing outside. I also love how the children (Kaylee, Mattie, Lilly, and Fran) work with the moon to bring back the sun. The story about kids’ using their imagination is imaginative! I also think that the rhymes and illustrations are adorable. Furthermore, the characters are relatable to all readers. I think kids of many ages (including adults) will enjoy this book for many years.

As part of my review, I read the book to a 10-year-old. Abby had this to say about the book, “The lesson I learned is that people should value the sun’s shine. I like the book and its message, which is you should let your imagination fly outside. I also loved the illustrations and how the borders on the pages had something to do with the scene. My favorite was the border with the campfire.” Abby also asked if she can have a copy of the book.

Abby and I both look forward to reading more of Geena Bean’s stories.

Geena Bean’s website is http://geenabean.com. You can follow her on twitter @MsGeenaBean. Links to purchase Come Back Dear Sun include http://tinyurl.com/d96tytx and http://tinyurl.com/cdk7lgu.

2 Responses to “Review of Geena Bean’s Come Back Dear Sun”

  1. Barbara Mojica April 7, 2013 10:26 pm #

    Sounds like a fun book with a good message. I do agree that unfortunately children don’t get outside to enjoy playing in the backyard, sitting on the stoop or catching lightning bugs.

  2. Geena Bean April 8, 2013 2:45 pm #

    Thank you Barbara. It’s so sad that we live in a day and age where there is so much attention given to modern day technology. I wanted to inspire kids to seize the day like we did when we were little! I remember begging my parents to stay outside for as long as we possibly could. Those were the times when we would let our imaginations take us to far off places as we built forts, rode our bikes, swam, played games and had epic adventures outside.

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