Book: Painted Skies Author: Carolyn Mallory Illustrator: Amei Zhao Publisher: Inhabit Media Inc Date: June 23, 2015 Genre: Picture book; K-2; 5-7 yrs Pages: hardcover, 36 pages Price: $16.95 My rating: Simply & artfully told, exquisitely illustrated
Last year I had the privilege of meeting Carolyn Mallory at a children’s book fair; of course I bought her book. Look at that title and beautiful cover!
Painted Skies tells the story of a young girl’s introduction to one of Nature’s most spectacular events, the Northern Lights. One night, as two friends are playing in the Arctic snow, the sky begins changing colour. When the colours swirl and move closer in ribbons across the sky, Leslie, who recently moved to the far North, starts getting nervous. Her new friend, Oolipika, reassures her and demonstrates what to do to keep them safe from the playful spirits. When Oolipika tells her the Inuit legend and that it’s about the Northern Lights, Leslie’s fear turns to awe.
Painted Skies by Carolyn Mallory is a beautiful book with gorgeous illustrations by Amei Zhao. The story is told and illustrated in a way that is interesting and educational at the same time, making it ideal in both an elementary classroom and in a child’s collection.
At the back of the book is an explanation of the Northern Lights (aurora borealis), what causes them and when they occur. I’ve felt the awe of seeing the Northern Lights a few times where I live, and would love to see them up close – the way they are depicted in this story.
You can find Painted Skies on my BUY THE BOOK page.
Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings! 🙂