A bright and beautiful exploration of a supernova and the birth of our solar system for young children, all wrapped up in a bedtime story
Join Abigail on a magical night-time adventure to discover how the sun, moon and planets came into being.
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.
“[A] story...that will not only explain the science of how the world began, but will deliver it with the poignancy and beauty of a fairy tale.”
Susannah Whaley, NZ Booklovers
“Abigail and the Birth of the Sun is, at its heart, about showing children just how fundamentally connected everything down here is to everything up there. We are, as Abigail’s daddy explains to her, all made of stardust.”
Ronnie Swainston, Kidspot
“I love that Abigail’s dad is not too busy or distracted to answer her question in depth – in an ideal world we’d all be this type of caring adult more often. It’s a little message tucked away in the text for the adults – 'be like Abigail’s dad'. With a world of information quite literally available at our fingertips, our standard response shouldn’t be 'I don’t know', but 'Let’s find out!' And with the promise of further books explaining big concepts to come, Matthew Cunningham books may become just as easy to reach for as a Google search. The illustrations by Sarah Wilkins are lovely – clear, colourful and intricate. These are the sorts of illustrations that are crying out for an adult with an available lap, so a child can look closely and find all the little details. I highly recommend Abigail and the Birth of the Sun for children aged 5 and up.”
Rachel Moore, The Sapling
“In this delightful book, young Abigail has a big question for her father: where did the sun and the planets come from? His reply: "From stardust, Abigail. Just like you." He goes on to explain in clear, child-friendly terms how a large star exploded and its stardust came to form stars, meteors, comets and planets — and everything on Earth, including us. Sarah Wilkins' spectacular illustrations bring this to life in the most glorious way, conveying the wonder and beauty of the Earth and of space beyond. Highly recommended.”
Otago Daily Times
“Inquisitive minds – and grateful adults – will love Abigail and the Birth of the Sun by Matthew Cunningham and Sarah Wilkins. It’s astrophysics explained, with glorious illustrations to boot.”
Stacey Anyan, North and South
NZ Booklovers Award
Finalist • 2020 • NZ Booklover Best Children's Book Award