Author: Justin Sloan
Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged
Narrator: Rebecca Greene
Length: 2 hours, 38 minutes
Genre: Children’s Book – Ages 5-7
Release Date: May 27, 2015
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
* I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Brooke is disappointed when her father is once again deployed to active military duty. They had been working together on painting a mural in her bedroom and had planned to finish it before he had to go back to duty.
The author does a good job of portraying the complex emotions that children go through with a military parent who has to go off to war.
Many months later Brooke is excited that her Dad will be home soon, but her world is turned upside down when two soldiers deliver the news that her Dad will not ever be coming home again.
Brooke is sad and angry. She is especially angry at her mother for allowing her father to leave and go away to war.
In her young mind she believes that her mother should have stopped him from going. She doesn’t understand why he would choose to leave his family to go fight in a country far away from home. I imagine that these feelings and thoughts are realistic for children of military parents to experience.
Brooke then discovers a magical necklace that transforms her into a bird.
Her adventures as a bird teach her many things including the value of family.
This is a NEWLY RELEASED audiobook.
Another exciting thing to note is that the movie rights to this book have been recently optioned.
“BACK BY SUNRISE is a well written children’s story. Rebecca Greene is a wonderful narrator for this audiobook. Her voice adds just the right touches of whimsy to the animal and bird characters. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to her and would recommend her to other authors of children’s books.
Though this audiobook is geared to children I also enjoyed it. I rate it as 5 out of 5 stars.⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
However ages 5-7 seems rather young for the subject matter, but that age group will enjoy Brooke’s adventures as a bird. To really understand the entirety of this story I would recommend a target age group of 7 and older.