Sunshine’s Friendship Story
Written by: India Haye (2018)
Illustrated by: Araya-Sunshine Ortiz
Published by: Beau Noir Publishing, Philadelphia, PA
Kudos to the mother and daughter team for the creation of Sunshine’s friendship story. Here at Lauren Simone Publishing House, we are always proud to share work of young authors and illustrators.
Illustrated in pencil and pencil crayon, a story of little girl named Sunshine who sat in her room, while other children played outdoors enjoying the warm weather. Sunshine was very blessed to have lots of toys and games, but a friend she didn’t have. Using a rhythmic tone, readers learn of Sunshine’s search for a new friend. It is a message of faith, hope, imagination, patience, and persistence.
India Haye is an author, blogger and mother of three girls from Boston, MA. Araya-Sunshine Ortiz is India’s oldest daughter, who loves to draw and dreams of being an actor and director when she is older. We enjoyed the story and wish the author and illustrator much success. We give this book 4 stars and recommend this book for children who are in grade 2 to 4 due to its word length.
Written by: Chris Barton
Illustrated by: Don Tate
Published by: Charlesbridge/Penguin Random House
Released: May 3, 2016
Genre: Picture book
Length: 32 pages
Age level: 7-10
Grade level: 2-5
Meet Lonnie Johnson, a kid inventor from Mobile, Alabama. Growing up with 5 siblings was no easy feat as he shared space in a small house. His love and dedication for solving problems payed off when he was able to go to college and get a job at NASA. He designed things such as space probes for his job and homemade robots at home as his hobby and eventually came up with a water gun called the Super Soaker. However, life is filled with trials and good things rarely come easily. The story tells of disappointments and rejections. But Lonnie never gave up and with the support and encouragement of his family, he persisted.