|Under the Milky Way|
Author: Lessac, Frane
Shines a light on beloved nighttime traditions under the starry skies of North America.
School Library Journal (12/01/19)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (A) (00/01/20)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 11/01/2019 Charming and quirky, this takes readers on a fascinating journey through exciting locations in the U.S., plus one in Canada. In each place, the talented author and illustrator Lessac details varied scientific and cultural phenomena—from baseball games to synchronous fireflies to a Native American powwow. Poetic short paragraphs describe events “under the Milky Way” from Salem, Massachusetts, to Nome, Alaska, and the Indian River Lagoon in Florida. This introductory text is perfect for preschoolers and beginning readers. A place name and topical sentence appear in large font on each two-page spread, which also contains more detailed explanations and specific facts that will likely appeal to the older end of the book’s audience. Extra information about the Milky Way galaxy and its stars can be found in the back matter. Lessac’s colorful gouache illustrations have a playful folk-art style that beautifully draw together the disparate parts of the book and add to its appeal for a variety ages. At once a unifying read and a celebration of diversity. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 12/01/2019 K-Gr 3—This picture book portrays various nighttime celebrations and traditions from around North America. All of the celebrations take place in the United States, with the exception of one taking place in Canada. Some of the pages cover larger celebrations such as Halloween in Salem, MA. Others touch on simple recreational activities, such as ice skating in Maple Grove, MN. Each spread contains larger text that can be used in a read-aloud. Smaller text provides details about the area and the event. The final pages share information about the Milky Way and how to identify a couple of stars and constellations. While a book about nighttime could be visually dark, this book has bright and cheerful illustrations, giving the activities a festive feel. As a bonus, the author has painted her dog on every page and students will have fun trying to find him. VERDICT This title will appeal to librarians looking to beef up their solar system nonfiction collections.—V. Lynn Christiansen, Wiley International Studies Magnet Elementary School, Raleigh, NC - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.