How the Sun Was Brought Back to the Sky
by Mirra Ginsburg with pictures by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey/ published 1975 by Macmillan
Jose Aruego has always tended to illustrate in conjunction with another artist. From what I can tell reading about him online, he likes to draw and usually has another artist paint the pictures. It's seems like it would be a really cool way to incorporate your friends into collaboration.
My son's favorite of his is Milton the Early Riser, but this one has a really neat feeling assembling an all-star cast of animals to find out why the sun won't rise.
"Who is that shouting under my window?" grumbled the sun. "Who isn't letting me sleep?"
"Your friends -- the chicks, the magpie, the rabbit, the duck, and the hedgehog. We've come to wake you. It's time to get up."
The plot is a riff on a Slovenian Folk tale,and it is similar to the story in the old favorite Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears -- itself based on a West African folk tale. Simply put, I just love the way this guy draws wee little animals. I hate to use the word cute, but...
The Chick and the Duckling