Abigail and the Birth of the Sun

Author(s): Matthew Cunningham

NZ Picture Books | NZ Book Awards for Children & Young Adults 2020 Shortlist

A bright and beautiful exploration of the big bang theory and the birth of our solar system for young children, all wrapped up in a bedtime story. Abigail is a curious little girl. She likes to discover the answers to really BIG questions. One night, she thinks of a question that's SO BIG she can't sleep until she knows the answer. "Daddy," she asks as he tucks her into bed, "where did the sun and all the planets come from?" To find out the answer, Daddy invites Abigail on a magical journey through time and space. Together they explore the birth of all living things. By the next morning, Abigail has thought of another big question . . . A gorgeously illustrated and beautifully told bedtime story that doubles as an introduction to astrophysics, Abigail and the Birth of the Sun will be enjoyed equally by young children and adults.

Ruth's Review: Abigail is curious about how the sun, moon and planets came into being and one night she asks Daddy while he is tucking her up into bed. "That is a very big question from a very clever girl," said Daddy. "Lie down, and I'll tell you a story." This is Matthew Cunningham's first published book and he has done a wonderful job of explaining the Big Bang theory in a way that will educate, entertain and reassure young children. Matched by Sarah Wilkins' gorgeous, luminous illustrations, we learn about how everything was created from stardust. Many of the constellations are depicted, an invitation for parents and children to go outside at night and see if they can spot the shapes in the sky. Children often ask questions that can be very hard to explain and Matthew answers the first of Abigail's Big Ideas in such simple but beautiful language. The good news is that there are going to be more questions from this inquisitive young girl...so that means more books! Highly recommended for age 3+


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Winner of the Picture Book Awards for the 2020 NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

Matthew Cunningham is a passionate and dedicated historian with a Doctor of Philosophy (History) from Victoria University of Wellington. He has published oral histories, peer-reviewed articles, journalistic and encyclopedic pieces, and Waitangi Tribunal research commissions. He lives in Porirua and works as a researcher. He is active on Facebook and is a member of a number of parent groups, including several for gifted children. Abigail and the Birth of the Sun is his first published children's book. Sarah Wilkins was born in Lower Hutt. The middle child of seven, she dreamed of becoming a solo explorer. Dreaming and drawing, which she loved, go together, so she became an illustrator instead. Sarah works for clients all around the globe and has won many awards for her work. She lives in Wellington and sometimes in Paris, France, and still likes to explore everything in between.

General Fields

  • : 9780143772705
  • : Penguin Group New Zealand, Limited
  • : Puffin
  • : 0.212
  • : April 2019
  • : .6 Centimeters X 24 Centimeters X 26.9 Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Matthew Cunningham
  • : Paperback
  • : 1907
  • : Sarah Wilkins
  • : English
  • : 823.3
  • : 32