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Abigail and the Birth of the Sun

$20.00 NZD

Abigail and the Birth of the Sun is a bright and beautiful exploration of a supernova and the birth of our solar system for young children, all wrapped up in a bedtime story. Join Abigail on a magical night-time adventure to discover how the sun, moon and planets came into being.


Abigail is a curious little girl. She likes to discover the answers to really BIG questions. One night, she thinks of a question that’s SO BIG she can’t sleep until she knows the answer.


“Daddy,” she asks as he tucks her into bed, “where did the sun and all the planets come from?”


To find out the answer, Daddy invites Abigail on a magical journey through time and space. Together they explore the birth of all living things.


  • An introduction to astrophysics in the form of a beautiful bedtime story
  • Written by Matthew Cunningham
  • Illustrated by Sarah Wilkins
  • Winner of Best Picture Book Award, New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2020
  • Paperback book
  • 32 pages
  • Published July 2019
  • ISBN: 9780143772705


A gorgeously illustrated and beautifully told bedtime story that doubles as an introduction to astrophysics, Abigail and the Birth of the Sun will be enjoyed equally by young children and adults.


Author Matthew Cunningham lives in Porirua, New Zealand with his wife and daughter Abigail, who, like her namesake, also likes to ask big questions. A passionate and dedicated historian with a Doctor of Philosophy, Matthew Cunningham has published oral histories, peer-reviewed articles, journalistic and encyclopedic pieces, and Waitangi Tribunal research commissions. Abigail and the Birth of the Sun is his first published picture book.


This book is part of our exciting and informative range of astronomy and science books available at Space Place. We hope our books will help educate and inspire anyone with an interest in science or space to pursue their passions.


This product is also available for purchase in store at Space Place.