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March 2019 Juvenile Fiction

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You Are Light
By (author): Aaron Becker Illustrated by: Aaron Becker
9781536201154 Hardcover English Juvenile: Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3 JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts / Colors Mar 26, 2019
$15.99 CAD
Active 8.5 x 8.56 x 0.53 in 16 pages Candlewick Candlewick Studio
With a wondrously simple die-cut book, the Caldecott Honor–winning creator of the Journey trilogy brings his talents further into the light.

This is the light that brings the day.

Open this beautiful book to find a graphic yellow sun surrounded by a halo of bright die-cut circles. Now hold the page up to the light and enjoy the transformation as the colors in those circles glow. In an elegant, sparely narrated ode to the phenomenon of light, Aaron Becker follows as light reflects off the earth to warm our faces, draws up the sea to make the rain, feeds all the things that grow, and helps to create all the brilliant wonders of the world, including ourselves.

Aaron Becker is the Caldecott Honor–winning author-illustrator of the Journey trilogy and of A Stone for Sascha. He lives in western Massachusetts with his family.

Gorgeous.
—Susan Verde, New York Times bestselling author of I Am Human

Explore the ways sunlight enriches the Earth, enhanced by colorful, dynamically shifting die-cut circles. Don’t be fooled by the board-book format; there’s plenty for readers of all ages in this interactive art book, written as a poetic ode to the power and importance of light…Becker uses the glowing swatches of color powerfully. Variegated shades of blue circle a wave’s crest; a decorative trio of gold, lime, and violet halos grain; a stark penultimate page of white moon against black background has no color at all. This book is demanding of its readers, but those who take the time are in for a treat. A well-crafted art book with emotional resonance.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

The story lends itself to discussion with children and does an outstanding job of introducing complex ideas in a lighthearted, lyrical way…The text and illustrations work well together to create a sturdy, tactile experience will appeal to young children. This is an age-appropriate concept book. Highly recommended as a first purchase for public libraries and preschools.
—School Library Journal (starred review)

Forming a luminous, rainbow-hued sphere when the covers close, the circular pattern of colors resembles stained glass window panels in a house of worship, as well as a secular view through a kaleidoscope, reinforcing the mood of quiet awe and universal connection in the book’s final lines: “This light is you. And you are the light.” Becker’s artful board book offers opportunities for tactile play and deeper contemplation.
—Publishers Weekly

Becker (Journey, rev. 9/13, and sequels) presents a striking board book about colors, the sun, and, more broadly, the environment and our interconnected ecology…An eye-pleasing novelty board book for young children with additional depth that recommends it for slightly older budding environmentalists.
—The Horn Book

You simply have to experience this one for yourself, especially for the final spread. Simply exquisite.
—Kirkus Reviews (blog)

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