Sweep Up the Sun


Birds in flight

“These photographs are as gorgeous
as paintings.”
— The New York Times

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Candlewick Press | Hardcover | 32 pages         ISBN-13: 9780763669041              

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Sweep Up the Sun News & Reviews


New York Times Sunday Book Review

“… a picture book that brings to children the aesthetic possibilities of photography as it celebrates the miracle of flight and the virtues of common birds. … heart-stopping for any young — or older — naturalist … beautiful in an unabashedly artistic way. These photographs are as gorgeous as paintings.”

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Starred review from Kirkus

“All-around gorgeous; Frost & Lieder again showcase the splendor of nature through the happy marriage of literal and figurative images.”

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Literary Features Syndicate

“Consider this volume a lovely introduction to backyard birding, an invitation to observe these beautiful creatures often perched just outside our windows. “

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The Best Book Ever (this week)

“The Busy Librarian picked SWEEP UP THE SUN as The Best Book Ever [this week] in a fun podcast.”

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Waking Brain Cells

“This is a book that inspires both in words and images. Lieder’s photographs are simply stunning.”

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Washington Parent

“Rick Lieder’s stunning photographs of goldfinches, cardinals, woodpeckers, Mallard ducks and chickadees grace Helen Frost’s short, rhyming lines…”

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Literacy Daily

“Poet Helen Frost and photographer Rick Lieder have teamed up for another breathtaking union of poetry and nature photos. This stunning picture book would make an ideal graduation gift.”

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Sandy Brehl

“Full disclaimer- I am an unabashed fan of Helen Frost, and this latest is as visually breathtaking as her poetic text. In this case, my high expectations were exceeded.”

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Fort Wayne Museum of Art

On June 11 2015, The Fort Wayne Museum of Art is celebrating SWEEP UP THE SUN with a pop-up exhibit of Rick’s photography from the book, a meet and greet with Rick & Helen, and a book signing.

Starred review from Publishers Weekly

“Frost and Lieder follow Step Gently Out with another winning combination of sensitive verse and striking photography.”

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“The photos are flat-out gorgeous: in one, where a bird shakes off raindrops, the bird seems suspended in the air … It’s a spectacular moment in time captured on film.”

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Youth Services Book Review

“In this stunning pairing of verse and images, Helen Frost’s lovely poem is nearly eclipsed by the breathtaking images of birds in flight photographed by Rick Lieder.”

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School Library Journal

“With a gentle text and dramatic visuals, this book has much to offer beginning birders, science classes, and storytimes.”

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Sal’s Fiction Addiction

“As they did so beautifully in Step Gently Out, Helen Frost and Rick Lieder bring their impressive talents to a new book focused on many common North American birds.”

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Book launch

“The official launch of SWEEP UP THE SUN was held at the Book Beat February 28th.
Rick & Helen autographed books, spoke about their collaborations and told anecdotes.
Over $500 was raised for the Southeastern Michigan Chapter of the Sierra Club.”