Published by Blue Dot Press
Summary: A father wakes his child in the middle of the night. “We’re off to find an aurora.” They go out into a cold, snowy night. The child is full of questions: is it scary? Are stars in the aurora? The moon? Finally, they reach the top of a high hill, and the colors of the aurora explode all around them. Neither speaks, but on the walk back home, Dad tells all he knows about auroras. Includes a note entitled “Everything Dad Knew About the Aurora”. 32 pages; ages 3-8.
Pros: This beautiful book, originally published in New Zealand, captures the feel of being out on a winter’s night, and the magic of the aurora. The colors in the illustration are gorgeous, and the information is just right for a young child.
Cons: Although the final note mentions that auroras occur at the North Pole and South Pole, it doesn’t specify where on Earth they can be seen. Also, a photo or two and a list of additional resources wouldn’t have been amiss.