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By Roxane Turcotte & Lucie Crovatto

The Sun Never Hurries

Papa Jo loves to slow down and savour his day, but the excitable young Charlie may need some convincing…

Charlie’s grandfather, Papa Jo, uses an hourglass to remind himself that every moment is precious. When Charlie asks Papa Jo what his hourglass is for, she doesn’t really understand his answer. To teach Charlie the importance of taking her time and savouring her day, the pair spend their day at a leisurely pace, transforming every ordinary day into a wonderful time.

This gentle story reminds us to enjoy the precious moments we spend together. As young Charlie learns to slow down and appreciate the beauty of nature and everyday life, so too will your young reader. This affectionately illustrated book will work as a perfect bedtime story that will encourage children to reflect on their day and treasure the little things that make their life special.

In The Sun Never Hurries, Lucie Crovatto’s rich and tender illustrations transport readers to a cozy day cooking and exploring the outdoors. Roxane Turcotte’s writing showcases the special bond between a grandparent and grandchild.

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Ages 3-7
ISBN: 978-1-77278-307-0
List Price: $22.95 CAD / $18.95 USD
Trim Size: 9.00 x 12.00 inches / 22.86 x 30.48cm
Pages: 40

Distributed in Canada by University of Toronto Press

Distributed in the U.S. by Ingram Publisher Services

Carton Quantity: 1

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Praise for The Sun Never Hurries

49th Shelf Spring 2024 “Most Anticipated Books for Young Readers” Selection

CBC Books “32 Canadian Books for Children to Check Out in Spring 2024” Selection 

“A muted palette makes for illustrations that perfectly match this quiet story with a strong message….these bear characters convey the importance of living life in a mindful way, with Papa’s hourglass being the symbol that time is precious….When one is observant, each experience takes on new value….this gentle tale will appeal to children in all circumstances, as the opportunity to slow down and notice details is always worth taking.”School Library Journal ★ Starred Review

“A gentle tale that offers children an alternative to the daily grind….Turcotte’s writing is lovely and her words are carefully chosen….Crovatto captures the mood of the story beautifully, with a cozy palette of oranges and yellows…Charlie and Papa Jo highlight a close, caring relationship. This book is ideal for snuggling under covers at the end of a long day with a parent, a grandparent, or a teddy bear.”Quill and Quire ★ Starred Review 

“A bear cub learns to live in a leisurely way….this very sweet story is a gentle reminder to slow down and take in life’s small moments, especially with those we love. Charlie and Papa Jo’s relationship is realistic and warmly cozy; the delicate, soft, misty illustrations are a perfect complement. Take the time to savor this lovely tale—again and again.”—Kirkus Reviews 

“The thoughtful text is complemented by golden hues in the illustrations, visually connecting to the prophetic title.”Booklist 

“Golden yellow and sherbet pink pair with calming greens in the mystical illustrations of this picture book that reminds us all to enjoy the journey.”Foreword Reviews 

“With art that just sort of pulses on the page….If you have a younger kid that you want to teach the benefits of slowing down to, this might be a good place to start.”Fuse 8, School Library Journal 

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