I See the Sun in the USA
By Dedie King with illustrations by Judith Inglese
For children ages 5 and up
The United States of America is one of the most diverse countries in the world, with more than 326 million people of different faiths, cultures and ethnic groups. In I See the Sun in the USA, the newest installment of the I See the Sun series, readers are introduced to Stella, a young girl from Los Angeles, California who is helping her mother make a video about families living in the United States.
Stella travels to Mount Rushmore with her mom and meets Rosa from Alabama, Jamal from Massachusetts, Kristin from Iowa, and Martha from South Dakota. Each child describes a typical day in their life to Stella, which is supported by colorful collage illustrations.
With an increase in political divisiveness in the USA today, this book offers young readers the opportunity to learn that although there may be differences from family to family, the basic aspects of everyday life are similar in every state. Children enjoy playing with their friends, they learn new things in school and at home, and they appreciate spending time with their families.
Listen to Jordan Rich (WBZ Boston) talk about I See the Sun in the USA.
We felt that Ms. King did a great job of showing all parts of our world. She referenced different countries, states, jobs and lifestyles. She showed children that it is okay to be different and what you can learn from someone else. The illustrator, Judith Inglese, did a fabulous job incorporating real life photos in with drawn illustrations. We thought that was a good technique to keep readers engaged.
As an educator, I feel that this book is perfect to share with students, even as young as kindergarten. It teaches that diversity is good, and that you can be friends with anyone. It doesn’t matter the color of their skin, their religion, their age, etc. Friends are everywhere if you look closely enough. It provides a small history lesson and it also explains how families can develop, that aren’t the “same” in looks, or where they came from.
This would be a wonderful book for anyone to purchase and read with their children. In today’s diverse world, acceptance is SO, SO important. Children start learning as soon as they are born. Having an open mind, can change the world!!