Aurora: A Tale of the Northern Lights

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In "Aurora", Alaskan storyteller and artist Mindy Dwyer has created a magical story of a young girl whose seeking and dreams lead her to a great discovery. The bright, luminous illustrations that accompany the story magically portray this tale of the origin of the Aurora Borealis, the glorious northern lights. Inspired by her northern home, Mindy Dwyer says: "Living in Alaska, it's natural for one to believe that ancient magic dances in the shadows, the wind is enchanted, the old legends are true and in nature"....
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Overview


In "Aurora", Alaskan storyteller and artist Mindy Dwyer has created a magical story of a young girl whose seeking and dreams lead her to a great discovery. The bright, luminous illustrations that accompany the story magically portray this tale of the origin of the Aurora Borealis, the glorious northern lights. Inspired by her northern home, Mindy Dwyer says: "Living in Alaska, it's natural for one to believe that ancient magic dances in the shadows, the wind is enchanted, the old legends are true and in nature". She lives with her family in Anchorage and is also the author and illustrator of Coyote in Love and Quilt of Dreams.
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School Library Journal
K-Gr 2This picture book is satisfying in many way. It offers a fanciful explanation for the origin of the aurora borealis and whimsical, colorful illustrations. "In a long ago northern land" of perpetual sunshine, Aurora goes in search of a place of darkness described to her by her grandmother. The girl follows a lone caribou there but as she travels, she pockets the colors of the sunshine from the pink glow of early dawn to the midday light of silver blue to the luminous green of twilight. When she reaches the total darkness, she flings the saved lights into the sky, thus enabling her family to follow the dancing curtain of color and find her. The illustrations are lovely, and the story line, while predictable, is effective. Aurora's ethnicity is not clearly defined, although she is clad in a wildly wonderful kuspuk, or summer parka, which resembles Alaskan Inupiat dress. The arrangement of the text and artwork varies and is a bit jarring at times due to inconsistencies in placement. Occasionally, the text is printed over an illustration making it difficult to read. Overall, a worthy addition to most collections.Mollie Bynum, formerly at Chester Valley Elementary School, Anchorage, AK
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882405490
  • Publisher: Alaska Northwest Books
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,361,414
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD800L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 8.38 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author


Dwyer is an award winning author/illustrator.
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In Aurora, Alaskan storyteller and artist Mindy Dwyer has created an entrancing story of a young girl whose seeking and dreams lead her to a great discovery. The child of a long-ago time and place, young Aurora is fascinated with caribou and the tundra treks of the graceful animals. One day she begins a journey that will reveal the mysteries of the distant land of darkness.

There are many stories of the origin of the Aurora Borealis, the glorious dancing lights of the northern skies. But Dwyer's original tale, Aurora, is sure to take young readers on their own special journey of discovery as they prance over the flowery tundra with Aurora, get lost with her (without losing hope), and encounter the colors she collects from the sky which comfort her.

The bright, luminous illustrations that accompany the story of fanciful, young Aurora make the magic of the northern lights seem as simple as a gift to a young girl.

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