for Seeking an Aurora
by Elizabeth Pulford
and Anne Bannock
A nighttime expedition with a sense of wonder begins when a child is awakened by their dad, bundled into outerwear, and taken outside. They are going to find an aurora. They walk away from the “warm, buttery light” of the house, through a dark, wintery landscape, eventually climbing a steep hill. “Now we could see only the sky, the stars, and the moon.” And then, “Dancing light, glowing and glimmering, shimmering and shining, colored ribbons swirling and twirling, lighting up the sky on the still, dark night.” The rising sense of expectation and the beauty of the aurora itself is captured in the language and the pastel art, which conveys both the depth of the darkness and the colors of the aurora with equal effect. The brown-skinned duo watch in silence and a palpable sense of awe. It isn’t until they are walking home that dad “told me everything he knew about the Aurora.” That information, “Everything Dad Knew about the Aurora,” is provided in a note at story’s end. (Ages 3-8)
CCBC Choices 2022. © Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2022. Used with permission.
★ "A magical experience." --Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
In the quiet of the night, a child's father bundles them up and shows them the majesty of an aurora. This book is perfect for those who love Owl Moon.
A father wakes his child from sleep to beckon, "Come--we're off to find an Aurora." Through the silent frost, across fields, and up hills they climb...And then they wait. Together they share an unforgettable moment and the majestic splendor of the northern and southern lights.
This moving and lyrical story is paired with scientific information about the awe-inspiring northern and southern lights to further inspire readers to seek their own natural wonders. Printed on FSC-certified paper with vegetable-based inks.
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