I received this book at no cost from the publisherSunrise Summer by Matthew Swanson, Robbi Behr
Published by Imprint on April 20, 2021
I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the SUNRISE SUMMER by Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!
About The Book:
Title: SUNRISE SUMMER
Author: Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr (Illustrator)
Pub. Date: April 20, 2020
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Kindle, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD, Bookshop.org
When a girl and her family travel four thousand miles from home, it’s not your typical summer vacation. Everything is different on the Alaskan tundra–where the grizzly bears roam and the sockeye salmon swim–including the rules. A girl can do things she wouldn’t, and couldn’t, do at home.
She can wake up at midnight to work with her mom on a fishing crew. She can learn what it means to be an essential part of a team. She can become a braver, stronger, and ever-more capable version of herself. She can take her next big step.
She’s ready for her first real sunrise.
Praise for Sunrise Summer:
“[The narrator’s] eagerness and pride over being part of this work is palpable, and each moment feels important, locked in Behr’s artwork as an individual frame among many or as a sweeping two-page spread that captures its magnitude and beauty. The excellent back matter reveals that this story is about the creators’ own family, laying out their history as commercial salmon fishers, protections in place to prevent overfishing, and how some Alaska Natives continue to catch salmon according to their traditions. Eye-opening and awesome.” —Booklist, starred review
“With irrepressible enthusiasm and an astute sense of detail, the child recounts the elaborate preparations (almost all supplies have to be brought in), the connection to nature and a close-knit community, and the grueling but exciting work itself. . .Readers may not be ready to sign on, but they’ll feel grateful for being afforded a spectacular front-row seat.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Paired with ebullient first-person prose, the illustrations immerse readers in the changing colors of the sky and waves throughout the thrilling event . . . An informative first-person story that combines family history with STEM concepts for a summer to remember.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Detailed and vibrant illustrations . . . This is an engaging tale about a summer vacation that is far from ordinary.” —School Library Journal
This story is a “what did you do over summer vacation?” taken to another level. The girl narrating the story explains that her family takes a vacation to Alaska every summer to fish. Not normal fishing but catching salmon on a river using a pickup truck and nets. I was very engaged with the activity that this young girl gets to experience. I love that it shows a young girl actively participating both physically and mentally in how to catch these fish and get them to market. The illustrations really help to enhance the words. You need to read this story to the very end since it is based on a true story that is just fascinating.
When Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr aren’t making books (Babies Ruin Everything; Everywhere, Wonder; and the Real McCoys series) and raising kids (four, so far, which is probably enough), they run a commercial salmon fishing operation on the Alaskan tundra, where Robbi has spent every summer since she was two years old.
3 winners will receive a finished copy of SUNRISE SUMMER, US Only.
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