FLASH AND GLEAM Book Summary
“This lovely picture book introduces young readers to the many manifestations of light in our daily lives. The action revolves around four culturally diverse children and their parents, following them through daily activities (first waking up, then spending time outdoors gardening or bike riding) and special events (Diwali, Hanukkah, Yi Peng, the Fourth of July). The text is limited to five or six simple rhyming words arranged in three lines that effectively capture the action on each two page spread, whether celebrating a birthday (‘Glimmer / Glow / Wish and blow’) or watching a sunset (‘Fade / Away / Cannot stay . . .’).
The mixed-media illustrations are rendered in soft pastels that glow when depicting candlelight or a bonfire and change to vivid yellows and oranges for glowing suns and soaring lanterns. The illustrations fill the pages, with some showing one scene and others comparing two or even four simultaneous experiences. Back matter includes some basic science, brief explanations of traditional celebrations, and a few fun facts.
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’).”―starred, Booklist
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