Academic journal article Language Arts

Sweep Up the Sun

Academic journal article Language Arts

Sweep Up the Sun

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Sweep Up the Sun Written by Helen Frost Photo-illustrated by Rick Lieder Candlewick, 2015, unpaged, ISBN 978-0-7636-6904-1

Frost and Lieder team up again to create a visual and poetic treat. The opening endpaper displays an intricately woven nest with two baby robins squawking for food. The photograph shows elaborate details: downy feathers, translucent skin revealing veins in the necks, and newly forming eyes. The lush green leaves seem to hide the nest from the world, encouraging readers to turn the page. Frost's lyrical text begins, "Rise into the air/ on the strength of your wings-/go out to play in the sky,/trusting it to hold you/as you learn to fly." The stunning photography captures each line, showcasing different types of birds, such as goldfinches, starlings, cardinals, and blue jays. One gorgeous photo shows a woodpecker with its wings spread out displaying spectacular black and white plumage. …

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