The Sun Is So Quiet (Paperback)

The Sun Is So Quiet By Nikki Giovanni, Ashley Bryan (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Nikki Giovanni, Ashley Bryan (Illustrator)
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Quiet . . .
like a quilt on a feather bed . . .
and frost on the window . . .
we write our names knowing . . .
the sun will melt them off

But the sun is so quiet . . .
that we don't care
we smile
—from Connie by Nikki Giovanni

The quiet and noisy, wintery and sometimes sunny poems in The Sun Is So Quiet will always make you smile. Nikki Giovanni describes riding rainbows, tiptoeing through strawberry patches, licking chocolaty fingers, snuggling under covers, and many other wonderful childhood moments. Ashley Bryan's warmest, most colorful illustrations make each page look like a bright, beaming smile.

Together, they have created a collection that you can linger over like a peppermint candy cane or enjoy as quickly as a snowflake melts on your nose.

About the Author

Nikki Giovanni has written many books of poetry for children and adults. She is the author of Rosa, a Caldecott Honor book, Lincoln and Douglass, The Genie in the Jar, and Ego-tripping and Other Poems for Young People. Giovanni calls herself, "a Black American, a daughter, a mother, a professor of English."  She was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and grew up in Lincoln Heights, an all-black suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. She studied at Fisk University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Columbia University. She published her first book of poetry, Black Feeling Black Talk, in 1968, and since then has become one of America’s most widely read poets. Oprah Winfrey named her as one of her twenty-five “Living Legends.” Her autobiography Gemini was a finalist for the National Book Award, and several of her books have received NAACP Image Awards. She has received some twenty-five honorary degrees, been named Woman of the Year by Mademoiselle Magazine, The Ladies Home Journal and Ebony, was the first recipient of the Rosa L. Parks Woman of Courage Award, and has been awarded the Langston Hughes Medal for poetry. Nikki Giovanni lives in Christiansburg, Virginia, where she is a professor of English at Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

Ashley Bryan (1923-2022) was a multi-award-winning children’s book author and illustrator with several Coretta Scott King Awards, a Newbery Honor, and a Children’s Literature Legacy Award (formerly the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award) among his honors. Named one of New York Public Library’s Literary Lions in 2008, he also taught art at such institutions as Dalton School, Philadelphia College of Art, Queens College, and Dartmouth College.

Telling stories of African folklore and the African-American experience for more than sixty years, his books include Beat the Story-Drum, Pum-Pum, Beautiful Blackbird, Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life and Infinite Hope: A Black Artist’s Journey from World War II to Peace. He also contributed his collage art to Richard Wright’s Black Boy, Nikki Giovanni’s The Sun Is So Quiet (a Parents’ Choice Award-winner), and Langston Hughes’s Carol of the Crown King: Nativity Poems among many others.

Praise For…

“The bold, fluid lines of the gouache and tempera compositions make for a particularly eye-catching volume, just right for reeling in the read-aloud crowd and introducing them to the joys of poetry.” —Publishers Weekly

“Simple poems by the famous poet Nikki Giovanni are paired beautifully with colorful drawings that will pull the young reader into their magic. . . . A lovely first book of poems.” —Children's Literature

“The brilliant yellows, the vibrant patchwork quilts, and the shapeshifting snowflakes provide a visual feast.” —School Library Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250046697
ISBN-10: 1250046696
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication Date: March 4th, 2014
Pages: 32
Language: English