When rain and gray clouds cover the sky, a young girl sets on to find the sun in Johnson’s delightful picture book. As she accompanies her mom to run some errands, Lea is tired of looking at the cloudy sky and rain-soaked streets in the city. And the places once bustling and lively such as Mr. Bocelli’s restaurant, Ms. Henrietta’s flower shop, and the playground where Lea plays with her friends Christian are now quiet and empty. As Lea begins to look for the sun, she finds it in the most unexpected places. Now she must show it to others. Lea’s story indicates the ups and downs of the current pandemic without identifying it or touching on the tragedies that it wrought, ending reassuringly. The highly readable narrative moves Lea’s story at a crisp pace, with child-appropriate words speaking directly to young readers. Vivid colored illustrations compliment the story, creating endless delight for readers. Lea’s story reminds readers to look for happiness even when the days are the darkest. Rendered with bright hues and joyful text, the book makes for a must-have for both young readers and public libraries’ bookshelves.
Categories: children's fiction