Far Beyond the Sun is an adorable story for children. Inspired by the imagination of a child, it takes us on an fun (yet educational) little journey as Brian sets out to be taller than the sun.
If you’ve gone through my Children’s Book List, there are many that I just love and have enjoyed sharing with various nieces, nephews, my grandsons and other babies that visit. There’s something so magical about the love of stories in children. Their imaginations aren’t limited by reality and it’s beautiful to me. There are so many wonderful story books there, some fiction some factual but all are entertaining.
The author, father of a very inquisitive little girl, takes inspiration from the endless questions that come from the wonderful mind of his little princess. The questions little ones ask are always fun to hear but sometimes they are downright difficult to answer. That line between keeping their attention and teaching them new things can sometimes be difficult to manage. Plus, no one wants to take away their innocence with the harsh realities of life.
Along with the review copy that I was sent was a brief thank you for reviewing and the background of the inspiration for the story. Dolev said that he’d taken his daughter camping and she proceeded, as children often do, to throw a ton of questions his way. When asking if she could be taller than the sun, he was struck by inspiration. That’s how Far Beyond the Sun came about.
Brian wants to be taller than the sun but is not sure how? His journey will take you through the tallest places on earth while looking for an answer. After almost losing all hope, he finds an unexpected way to go beyond the sun in the attic above his bedroom.
The description on Amazon says that it is recommended by teachers and fits the curriculum for k-2 grades but I feel like it would be a fun book as early as 3 1/2-4 years old. At that time they may not quite understand the totality of distance and such, but then again as an adult I honestly can’t picture what the tallest mountain would look like in person either. I’ve never been good with distance!
The author, Dolev Zaharony, is a tech marketer by day and both a writer and musician by night. He began his writing after the birth of his first child, as they provide him with endless inspiration. As a parent, he utilizes that inspiration to tell his children stories to uplift them and help them overcome life obstacles. In Far Beyond the Sun, he sneaks in a little geography, science (the solar system), history and spacial references to help educate while having fun. (Every parent’s goal, right?)