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Under the Night Sky

Winter has a special beauty

Under the Night Sky

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Under the Night Sky

Winter has a special beauty for those living in northern climates–even 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 lights–the 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.

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In UNDER THE NIGHT SKY, winter has a special beauty for those living in northern climates–even 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 lights–the 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.

Reviews:

“A boy and his mother experience the magic of the northern lights with their neighbors. At first, the dark colors and mysterious tone of the first-person narrator seem foreboding as the mother hurries home from her evening job and orders her son to put on his outdoor clothes. Although she assures him that nothing is wrong, he and the other children who have been rushed into the building’s parking lot to sit atop their cars are confused until they look up to view the night sky. The panoramic painting of the purple and green bursts of color against a star-studded sky is breathtaking. The boy describes what he sees: “Sometimes the color oozes from one part of the sky to the other. The lights twist like colored ropes. They flicker like colored flames.” His mother takes advantage of this beautiful moment to whisper that she will always be on his side, even if they disagree on things. The art is done in a dark palette, and the text appears to one side on a white background that sharply contrasts with the illustrations. There are few, if any, picture books about the aurora borealis. This one fills that gap nicely.” -Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association

“Rich’s dark, jewel-toned colors light the night sky and reflect on the faces of the neighbors. Her paintings tremble with a feeling of anticipation and a sense that magic is in the air. Lundebrek’s debut celebrates nature’s power to transform the ordinary.” -Kirkus Reviews

“…a charming story about a working single mother and her young son, whom she wakes up in the middle of the night to go see the northern lights. Under the aurora borealis, the two have a lifelong bonding moment. Books celebrating single-parent families are all too rare, and this one is a valuable addition to any collection.” -Teaching Tolerance, Fall 2009

Honors and Awards:

Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, Gold

Mom’s Choice Award

WHY READ THIS BOOK?

The beauty of the Northern Lights lures an apartment building’s worth of people out under the night sky: folks who were once strangers apart become a community together.

Topics:

The northern lights, community building, mother/child relationships.

Problem:

Single motherhood makes it difficult at times to connect with child.

About the Author/Illustrator:

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. This is her first children’s book.

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.

Additional Information

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 9 x 10.00 x 1.016 in
Pages

32

Illustrator

Anna Rich

ISBN

978-0-88448-297-0

Format

Hardcover

Author

Amy Lundebrek

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