Mari was gracious to let us in on this opportunity.
I read this book to my boys last night....it's a very short, sweet, simple story. Basically, Mari has taken the sun and made it into the main character of the story. The story winds through all the things that the sun might see in a days' time, from the desert to the mountains to your own backyard, showing how many places the sun has visited or shined upon for that day. The story tries to carry the imagination to places, both far and near.
At the end of the story, the sun is very sleepy, which helps the story wind down, as a bedtime story really should do. The language of the book gives it an imaginative, child-like feel, and the illustrations are just beautiful. Kathleen M. Hanson is the illustrator, and the pictures have almost an Impressionistic feel to them. They are very colorful and imaginative, making them very pleasing to my own and my children's eyes.