I Ate Sunshine for Breakfast [released May 2020]

Written by: Michael Holland & Philip Giordano

Illustrated by: Philip Giordano

For ages: 8 years and up

Language: English

Topics Covered: STEM, Nature, Natural World, DIY Projects, Biology, Botany, Science, Pine-Sized Professor. 


This book is amazing!  It covers in-depth all sorts of plants and how we are surrounded by the things they make (edible and non-edible) all the time!  Interspersed throughout the book are also activities and projects that can be undertaken by the reader.  Incredibly detailed, the book breaks down into section different topics like pollination, living fossils, plant parts, and soooo much more!

I learned so much about the different families of plants, poisonous plants, and history about the different uses that plants have had-and still have-today in our everyday lives.  The illustrations are informative and adorable, happy bugs congregate on flower petals and a worm wearing a hat travels through dirt.  Having the DIY projects interspersed the entire book instead of in the back of the book gets the reader excited to get their hands dirty (sometimes literally) and learn impressive STEM vocabulary along the way.  If I still had a classroom, this book would absolutely be on the shelf!

This book was sent to us by Flying Eye, but all opinions are our own! This book is being released in the US in May.

About the Author & the Illustrator:

EWM_8j8XkAAgfJWExpert ecologist, educator and author, Michael Holland FLS is on a mission to educate and inspire people from all walks of life about the powerful world of plants and the vital role they play in our daily lives.  You can visit his Instagram here!


5676db_175c668c4268431982d91a96ff8bd4cd~mv2Philip Giordano was born in a small coastal town in Liguria, Italy, to a Filipina mother and Swiss father, Philip Giordano is a tireless globetrotter, who now lives and works in Tokyo. After studying at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts and at the European Institute of Design, he earned a Master in Animation in Turin. He works for a number of magazines and publishing houses around the world, illustrating book covers, designing toys, and creating children’s books and animations. The simple and colorful shapes of his illustrations, his iconic characters, and his graphic landscapes render his unique style immediately recognizable and transform his stories into breathtaking visual journeys. Exploring different techniques, from digital collage to painting on wood, his work has been selected and featured in American Illustration Annual, Communication Arts Illustration Annual, 3×3 illustration Annual, and the “Applied Arts Photography & Illustration Awards”. His illustrations have received international recognition and awards including the Silver Medal by the Society of Illustrators; the White Raven Award; the International Illustration Prize Bologna / SM Foundation; Illustrarte, Biennial of illustration, Lisbon, the Prix des Adultes and Prix des Mediateurs: Figure-Future at the Montreuil, Paris Book Fair. His artworks was presented in the exhibition and Annul “Artist and illustrations masterpieces – 50 Illustrators Exhibitions 1967 – 2016″, of the 50th anniversary of the Children’s Book Fair Illustrator Exhibition in Bologna.



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