a sunny day book coverReviewed by Poppy Johnson

A Sunny Day is part of the Cave Kiddos series by the author Eric Cash. On the back of the book, Cash talks about being interested in children’s speech development because his own children experienced delays in their speech.

Cave children Alk, Haha, Lala, and Zee have a short adventure where they discover water in bowls. The book begins with Alk, the main character, coming out of his cave, raising his club, and yelling “Waaa!” The rest of the children follow, carrying four bowls of water and saying, “Wa” while another cave child says “Ter.” Everyone seems surprised.

A few pages later as some of the cave children start to sweat, the girls bring out more bowls of water. The water is placed on the ground and the cave children stand around it saying, “Wa” several times. Finally, they add the “ter”, making the word water. Once they’ve given water a name, they drink from the bowls and rejoice. That’s pretty much the gist of the book.

I am not an expert in speech and developmental learning, but I do tutor young children and I can see where showing children the beginnings and endings of the words could be important. The book could advance learning through phonics / explaining how to sound out words. The entire book has the words water, plop, swish, drip, plop, a few “was” and exclamation points galore. While this makes for easy reading, it also sounded a bit like “baby talk” to me which has been shown to be not so great for kids.

All in all, although I haven’t seen any other Cave Kiddos books, this could be a book for young children who are just developing reading skills, and may want to read on their own. I recommend this book for anyone with children under the age of four.

After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Eric Cash. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.