This wonderful little book, which is beautifully illustrated by the author, provides a wonderful metaphor for solar eclipses. It presents a way to open discussions about and investigations into the solar system, folklore and the technique of metaphor in understanding complex ideas.
It is a story which a child will remember perhaps all their lives and infuses a wonder into their earliest attempt to understand the solar system. Even when they learn more about the solar system, this tale will come back to them. They will learn at some point that solar eclipses are more frequent than once a year, for example, but that is only another teachable moment when children learn about the bigger world out there, the solar system and universe. What Ey Wade has provided is an early starting point for young children to become curious about science and the mysteries of nature. It gives parents a wonderfully entertaining way to spark a life time of shared memories of these images and metaphors. Even an old person like myself can fall in love with this naive desire to "hug the sun" because, well everyone needs a hug sometimes.
Simply wonderful and charming.
(reviewed the day of purchase)