* Moonbeam Gold Award * Winter has a special beauty for those living in northern climateseven for those who live in cities. And winter nights can provide the most spectacular sights of all!
To her son's great surprise, a working, single mom breaks her routine one night and rushes her son downstairs to join their neighbors as they spontaneously celebrate the beauty of the northern lightsthe aurora borealis. Nature is the central character in this story, and the spell it weaves provides this mother and son with a special moment they can look back on with great happiness.
About the Author
Author Amy Lundebrek lives Champlin, Minnesota, with her husband Ryan.
She has a degree in Biology and works as a research associate in a cell culture lab. She enjoys hiking and camping, canoeing and kayaking,
painting and sculpture.
Anna Rich says her career as an illustrator began in kindergarten, where she much preferred coloring and drawing to her other classwork. She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and has illustrated many picture books, including From My Window by Olive Wong,
Just Right Stew by Karen English, Annie's Gifts by Angela Medaris,
Cleveland Lee's Beale Street Band by Arthur Flowers, and Saturday at the
New You by Barbara Barber. She lives in Elmwood, New York, with her son and her husband.
What People are Saying About This
This exquisite picture book captures the magic that happens when people of any age suspend their ordinary routines and open their eyes to the joy and wonder of the natural world. The book invites us—whoever we are, wherever we live—to experience the health, healing, and hope that nature offers us as individuals, families, and communities. So snuggle up with a child you love, read this heartwarming story, then go outside and see what you can discover together. (Martha Davis Erickson, founding board member of the Children & Nature Network, a group dedicated to reconnecting children and nature)
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Under the Night Sky is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; and Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.
A young boy who lives in an apartment building located in the far north is surprised one late winter night when his mother comes home from work and instead of kissing him good night so that he can go to sleep she tells him to get up and get dressed quickly. Along with their neighbors, Ms. Gallo and her three children, they rush downstairs and outside to sit on the roof of their old Mercury and join other neighbors to watch a spectacular phenomenon of nature. What is this celebration all about?
There are many things to like about this book which make it such an fascinating read. There is the joy of community, even in a northern climate during the coldest time of the year. There is also the bond of family when a mother and son share a special moment that they can remember with great happiness. But above all, there is the sense of wonder at the beauty of nature, including that special beauty offered to make up for the harshness of the long northern winter. The muted illustrations of Anna Rich help to emphasize this sense of wonder. And for those of who do not live so far north, there is the added benefit of information about the aurora borealis and why it occurs. Teachers and parents can visit the Tilbury House website for a special take home section to use with the book that features activities, discussion points, and further resources. Kudos to author Amy Lundebrek for such an engaging story.