Summer Sun Risin by W. Nikola-Lisa

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Set on a Texas farm in the 1950s and told in Nikola-Lisa's distinctive and catchy style, this loving tribute to childhood, farm life, and family togetherness will resonate with readers of all backgrounds today. Sun-drenched paintings by Don Tate mirror the family's daily activities and trace the sun as it travels across the sky from sunrise to sunset. The story also subtly introduces young readers to the subject of African American farmers.


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W. Nikola-Lisa is the author of numerous award-winning children's books, among them Bein' with You This Way, Summer Sun Risin', and My Teacher Can Teach Anyone!, all published by LEE & LOW BOOKS (see full list to the right). A professor of education at National-Louis University in Evanston, Illinois, Nikola-Lisa lives in Chicago with his wife. To find out more about W. Nikola-Lisa, visit his Web site: Don Tate is the illustrator of LEE & LOW's SUMMER SUN RISIN' (Spring 2002) and SAY HEY! A SONG OF WILLIE MAYS (Hyperion Jump at the Sun, 2000). His work has also appeared in children's magazines, on greeting cards, and in newspapers, and he currently works as a visual journalist/ illustrator for the Austin American Statesman. A native of Des Moines, Iowa, Tate now lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and their children. To find out more about Don Tate, visit
Published May 1, 2002 by Lee & Low Books. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Children's Books, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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An African-American boy and his parents tend their farm while marking the transit of the ever-changing sun in this plainspoken paean to agricultural life.

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