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AURORA OF THE NORTHERN LIGHTS

Author: Holly Hardin

Illustrator: Donald Vanderbeek

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Publisher: Outskirts Press, 2009

Material: paperback

Summary: William met Mistletoe and fell in love. Mistletoe thrives in the icy cold of the Northern Fey. William does not, so they traveled to his home nestled in the mountains. That is where Aurora was born. After their death, Aurora, an elf like her mother, was not welcome in the village anymore. With the help of a kind witch and a Fey queen, Aurora was able to make the journey to her real home. This rhyming picture book has messages of love, hope, and family.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 9 to 12

Interest Level: 4 to 9

Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter sat and listened to the story, but she did not want to read it again.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a story that is part fairy tale, part Christmas story. The text flows smoothly and the rhyme works well. The colors are beautiful, but the illustrations themselves are uneven.

Pros: Aurora of the Northern Lights is a lovely story for readers who like fairy tales and who are looking for a fresh minimalist seasonal book.

Cons: The illustrations are uneven. Some pages the image is "flat" (like a comic strip); in others there is perspective, but it isn't well executed.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is a sweet story.

If You Liked This Book, Try: WHEN WISHES COME TRUE   SANTA CLAUS AND THE THREE BEARS   UNDER THE NIGHT SKY

Educational Themes: Drawing on the title - and helped by the colors in the book - you can explore more about the Northern Lights.

Notes: The Reading Tub® picked up this book at Book Expo America. There are no expectations of review associated with this book.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, fairy tale, family, Christmas, rhymes, rhyming book

Date(s) Reviewed: December 2015

Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com; and feedback at barnesandnoble.com.




                 

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