A father wakes his child late at night and together they get dressed to go outside, walk through frosty fields with the child watching quietly, wondering where they might be going, until the father stops and they quietly share the wonder of looking at
an owl the beautiful aurora borealis.
For those of us who’ve read a few children’s books, this story is almost page-by-page similar to the modern classic, Owl Moon. Comparisons are going to be made.
But what matters isn’t so much what we adults, who are familiar with a few more books, might think. What matters is how much our children and grandchildren will enjoy having the book read to them. And children will enjoy this.
Most adults I know still get excited to see the aurora borealis. There is a majesty about these glowing green and pink lights in a night sky that has us stop and stare or even seek them out if we know conditions are ‘right’ for them. So imagine the sense of awe for a child.
Nothing can beat seeing them for real, of course, but this little book is a wonderful way to get a child excited about the idea of seeing auroras.
The true test for a children’s book, is will a child want the book to be read to them again and again and again (and will the adults be up for multiple readings of the book)? My guess is yes.
Looking for a good book? Elizabeth Pulford’s picture book, Seeking an Aurora, is a good book to have (or to give) for anyone with young children.
I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.
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Seeking an Aurora
author: Elizabeth Pulford
artist: Anne Bannock
publisher: Blue Dot Kids Press
hardcover, 32 pages