Review of When the Sky Glows

When the Sky GlowsWhen the Sky Glows
by Nell Cross Beckerman; illus. by David Litchfield
Primary    Beach Lane/Simon    48 pp.    g
9/22    978-1-5344-5039-4    $18.99
e-book ed.  978-1-5344-5040-0    $10.99

“Around the world, when morning comes…the sky glows.” But it also glows at times beyond sunrise and sunset, as Beckerman explains in four-page sequences that build anticipation for each new example. A crowd of upturned faces wearing protective eyewear gives way to a double-page spread of the eerie glow just before a solar eclipse; a pair of hikers in the fading light of day walks into the stunning synchronized light show produced by fireflies in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The main text, with its repeated refrain (“the sky glows”) is brief and poetic, while longer secondary text in smaller type provides explanations of the featured phenomena, which include aurorae, rainbows, volcano eruptions, and city lights at night. Litchfield’s arresting illustrations convincingly convey the look and feel of a glowing sky, through skillful use of warm yellows, reds, and oranges, and scattered star-like sparkles. A brief end note introduces the concept of light pollution, and a list of further reading is included.

From the November/December 2022 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

Danielle J. Ford
Danielle J. Ford
Danielle J. Ford is a Horn Book reviewer and an associate professor of Science Education at the University of Delaware.

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