Thursday, October 9, 2014

Interview with Geena Bean for Come Back Dear Sun

Come and join me as I talk with author Geena Bean about her picture book Come Back Dear Sun on Stories From Unknown Authors at 10am EST today.

Book Summary:

Come Back Dear Sun is a delightfully unique children’s book told in well-written rhyme and through beautiful illustrations. Young and old alike are sure to cherish this easy-flowing picture book with a memorable message. When the sun disappears for a long time, curious Kaylee cannot wait to have the sunshine back. Her imaginative plan unfolds like only an eight-year-old can conceive, and the wonder and smiles begin. She and her six-year-old sister, Mattie, along with their two friends, Fran and Lilly, plan an adventurous sleepover in an attempt to find out why the sun has disappeared. The children figure out a way to talk to the moon only to discover that the sun has left because of the lack of outdoor play. The insightful message of this story impresses both parents and children alike in order to grow appreciation of the world around us. Bean skillfully creates characters with whom children can easily relate and be inspired by. People will enjoy this wonderful, energetic children’s story with an everlasting message to remember. Parents remember childhood playtime memories as they resurface, and young listeners are enthralled with the thought-provoking questions of “What if?” Follow Kaylee and her friends on their energetic quest to bring back the sunshine to their otherwise gloomy days!

  • Paperback: 36 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1479393118
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479393114

  • About the Author

    In 2003, Geena Bean graduated from Rutgers University with an English degree. For the past ten years she has been in the nanny industry, working with children and journaling her experiences with them. She has observed that the age of technology, including television, video games and computers, has often stifled the creative imaginations of children and discouraged them from going outdoors to engage in innovative free play. Her interaction with children encourages them to use imaginative play outdoors, which was the norm years ago before the age of advanced technologies.
    With colorful illustrations by Cheri Webber Come Back Dear Sun is a simple story of how children become so busy in their lives that they forget to go out and play and enjoy life. Which in turn is why they don't see, nor appreciate, the sun. The story is about two siblings, Kaylee and Mattie, who wonder where the sun has gone. They ask the moon for help who explains why the sun left. With such distractions like video games and TV's children just don't go and play outside like they used to. Their minds are distracted with other things and none of which are more important than playing outside and freeing the mind.
    Geena brings up some good points many parents will be able to relate to. Her 36 page story, in a subtle way, reminds children to go out and play and be active. Have fun and really just enjoy being a kid. That's what childhood is all about.