FICTION

Stella Keeps the Sun Up

S. & S./­Denene Millner. Mar. 2022. 48p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781534487857.
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PreS-Gr 2–Stella, a small Black girl who is joyful and industrious every day, blames buzzkill bedtime on the sun. To keep the sun awake so she can continue to play, she shines a flashlight up into the sky and makes a lot of noise. She does her morning yoga routine at night to confuse the sun about the time; to keep the sun busy, she invites it to an evening party. To fool the sun into thinking it’s still morning, breakfast cereal is eaten for supper and coffee is delivered up to the sky using a trampoline and a very long straw. Rocky, Stella’s stuffed hippo, acts as a stand-in for her best friend Kamrynn who recently moved to the opposite side of the world. With the knowledge that Kamrynn needs the daily cycle of sunshine or she’ll be “stuck in bed for a hundred years,” Stella allows herself to be tucked in.
VERDICT This bedtime story would be useful for reluctant sleepers or to introduce children to the concept of time zones.

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