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Usha and the Stolen Sun
By (author): Bree Galbraith Illustrated by: Josée Bisaillon
Bree Galbraith ,

Illustrated by :

Josée Bisaillon


Owlkids - Toronto



Product Form:


Form detail:

Picture book
Hardcover , Picture book


Juvenile: Age (years) 5 - 8, Grade (CAN) P - 4, Grade (US) P - 4
Mar 15, 2020
$19.95 CAD


10.5in x 8.5 x 0.31 in | 429 gr

Page Count:

32 pages
Owlkids Books
JUVENILE FICTION / Legends, Myths, Fables / Other
Best Books for Kids and Teens 2020, Commended
A courageous girl brings down a dividing wall with her words

·   New from Blue Spruce Award–nominated team, author Bree Galbraith and illustrator Josée Bisaillon

·   Inspired by a Rumi quotation: “Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder”

·   Powerful message of civil discourse and compassion-based problem-solving  

Usha lives in a town where the sun hasn’t shone for as long as anyone can remember. Only her grandfather remembers its brilliance and tells Usha stories about the time before other people took the sun away, building a wall to keep it all to themselves. So Usha decides to do something and sets off in search of the sun.

When at last Usha reaches the wall, she tries to kick it down, climb it, yell her way through it—but the bricks don’t budge. It’s only after remembering her grandfather’s words and hearing voices on the other side of the wall that Usha changes her plan. She sings, shares her grandfather’s stories, and piques the curiosity of the people on the other side until they are inspired to remove the bricks, one by one to better hear what Usha has to say. Together, they bring the wall down.

Inspired by the idea of civil discourse, this book offers a timely message of communication and compassion.

BREE GALBRAITH is a UBC Master of Creative Writing graduate and author of award winning titles, Once Upon a Balloon (Orca 2013), and Milo and Georgie (2017). Usha and the Stolen Sun is Bree’s third book, and several more follow in the coming years, including the Wednesday Wilson series (Kids Can Press 2020-22). She lives in the heart of Vancouver with her family, where when she’s not writing, she’s definitely outside enjoying the wonders of the west coast.

JOSÉE BISAILLON obtained a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and illustrates books using a mix of collage, drawing and digital montage. She has illustrated more than twenty picture books, two of which were nominated for a Governor General’s Award for children’s book illustration. She lives near Montreal, Quebec with her husband and children.

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"Center[s] a brave, dark-skinned, South Asian girl determined to right an injustice, all in simple and appealing prose." - Kirkus Reviews

"Galbraith’s tale, inspired by a Rumi quote (“Raise your words, not your voice./ It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder”), calls for civil discourse over brash action." - Publishers Weekly

"The book offers a great opportunity to start a discussion about how to resolve conflicts, face bullies, and change the world." - School Library Journal

"A cheerful story, replete with vibrant illustrations and a message of optimism." - Booklist

"This story can make an impact on those that need to know that even their small voice can make a difference." - School Library Connection

"The message of overcoming prejudice and oppression through story is a worthy one." - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"This is a beautiful story that emphasizes the power of words over brute force." - The Tiny Activist

"Usha’s bravery and determination are a wonderful example for every young reader, as she demonstrates courage when speaking out and taking action for what is right, even when victory seems impossible." - Mighty Village

"Usha and the Stolen Sun highlights the good in people during a time when children need to be reminded that there is more that unites us than what may appear to divide... This story works on many levels." - Youth Services Book Review

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