Snoozing Sun: Spirit Rangers

Random. (Step into Reading). Jan. 2023. 24p. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9780593571033; pap. $5.99. ISBN 9780593571026.
K-Gr 2–A book based on a groundbreaking Netflix series. The Spirit Rangers are the spirit animal forms of three children: Kodi, Summer, and Eddy, who are Junior Park Rangers at Spirit Park. They transform into a grizzly bear cub, a red-tailed hawk, and a turtle, respectively, to help the park when there is trouble. When the sun doesn’t set on time because it falls asleep, the three children transform into their spirit animal forms to wake it up with the help of a mighty condor. This adventurous story of a sleeping sun and a brave condor is based on a story from the Santa Ynez Chumash reservation, creating an opportunity for young readers to access traditional Indigenous storytelling through fun characters and bright, engaging illustrations. The “Spirit Rangers” Netflix series is created and executive produced by a Santa Ynez Chumash member, while many of the show’s staff are also Indigenous. The result is a story that entertains and informs with cultural authenticity. The text in this early reader is age appropriate, offering young readers the chance to develop their literacy skills.
VERDICT An early reader that catches young readers’ attention and becomes a doorway to legendary stories from marginalized communities.

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