March 3, 2020
Flash and Gleam:
Light in Our World
by Sue Fliess
illustrated by Khoa Le
Millbrook Press TM
"This has multiple STEAM applications, from poetry and creative writing to introductions to energy and light to how the sun affects human life, and doubles as a great read-aloud or a starry bedtime story ("Gleam / Bright / Say good night")." —Booklist, starred review
This colorful, informational picture book looks at the many sources of light in the world around us. Short, dynamic stanzas have a riddle-like quality: “Glimmer/Glow/Wish and blow”; “Color/Bend/Find the end”; “Blink/Play/Show the way.” Le’s richly atmospheric, mixed-media illustrations depict the forms of light in colorful, slice-of-life vignettes that follow four children. VERDICT: An illuminating choice for STEAM storytimes.
—School Library Journal
"Concise stanzas of five or six syllables evoke the wonder, movement, or purpose of different light sources...The illustrations, rich with color and patterns, are their own celebration of light, particularly in their warm, golden glows. The book successfully depicts both scientific and cultural experiences in impressive variety and connections. A ray of light, both illuminating and beautiful."—Kirkus Reviews
"Over the course of a day, an inclusive array of children move with their families through activities and celebrations that incorporate light...Back matter includes scientific facts about light (rainbows, the Northern Lights, and moonlight) and brief information about the depicted holidays."―Publishers Weekly
“Weather, seasons, celebrations, community … a picture book rich with thematic connections ends with a note providing information about the science of light and about the specific observances referenced.” – CCBC (Cooperative Children’s Book Center)
The soft glow of a candle, the blink of a firefly, a burst of fireworks―light is everywhere in our world! Rhyming text and luminous illustrations follow four children as they experience many different forms of light.
A CCBC Choices 2021 Picture Book for School-Age Children
A Capitol Choices 2021 Noteworthy Book for Children and Teens