Sunrise Summer

Sunrise service

By Matthew Swanson

Illustrated by Robbi Behr

Picture Book

48 Pages

Ages 4-7

Imprint / Macmillan

Hardcover – Kindle

Sunrise Summer is a picture book by writer Matthew Swanson and illustrator Robbi Behr that celebrates self-confidence and empowerment, as a girl’s role changes in her family’s fishing expeditions.

When a girl and her family travel four thousand miles from home, it’s not your typical summer vacation. Everything is different on the Alaskan tundra―where the grizzly bears roam and the sockeye salmon swim―including the rules. A girl can do things she wouldn’t, and couldn’t, do at home.

She can wake up at midnight to work with her mom on a fishing crew. She can learn what it means to be an essential part of a team. She can become a braver, stronger, and ever-more capable version of herself. She can take her next big step.

She’s ready for her first real sunrise.

My Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book was such a joy to read. I love learning about places I haven’t been too, much like Coffee Point, Alaska. It’s refreshing to read a real story about real people. It gives you a personal look into their lives and it’s extraordinary. I learned new approaches to Salmon fishing. The illustrations are stunning and tell the story well. I love how the little girl never complains about the work they do – she embraces it and makes it a part of her. In the back of the book are more insights into Alaska, Salmon, fishing, processing the fish – a even deeper look into their lives. Definitely a book you’ll all love!

About Matthew & Robbi

When Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr aren’t making books (Babies Ruin Everything; Everywhere, Wonder; and the Real McCoys series) and raising kids (four, so far, which is probably enough), they run a commercial salmon fishing operation on the Alaskan tundra, where Robbi has spent every summer since she was two years old.

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Huge thanks to Jaime at Rock Star Book Tours for getting me a copy of this book so that I could share it with you all. To get your hands on a copy just click that link below!

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I hope you are all enjoying your day so far, may it only get better!

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