—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.
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)
About the Author
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.