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Picture Book Review: Flash and Gleam

Today’s featured picture book Flash and Gleam: Light in Our World celebrates light in its many forms, and takes the reader on a beautiful journey around the world.

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Flash and Gleam: Light in Our World

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Title: Flash and Gleam: Light in Our World
Author: Sue Fliess
Illustrator: Khoa Le
Publishers: Lerner Publishing Group
Pub Date: 03 Mar 2020
Genre: Children’s Nonfiction
Age-Range: 5 – 8 years
Source: NetGalley eARC

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The soft glow of a candle, the blink of a firefly, a burst of fireworks—light is everywhere in our world! Rhyming text and luminous illustrations follow four children as they experience many different forms of light.

My Thoughts

The illustrations glimmer and shine, and make this book glow while the minimal and simple rhyming text make the reading a sweet experience.

The book itself, with its sparse yet perfect for the book text and gorgeous artwork, will work very well for younger audiences (3 – 6 years), though everyone can definitely enjoy it! The information included in the back matter explaining scientific facts about light sources included in the book (fireflies, the rainbow, and more) as well as brief descriptions of the featured holidays is geared towards slightly older kids than the intended audience but will help to explore and understand more about the book.

The book offers opportunities on every page to learn more about the world and nature, and of course, light in its many forms, as it follows four children from different parts of the world using and looking at light in many ways (from Diwali lamps to the Menorah, from the campfire to the candle light, from the flow of the fireflies to the beauty of the northern lights, and more)!

In Conclusion

Khoa Le’s gorgeous poster-worthy illustrations (I know I won’t mind if the publisher decides to make prints available as posters) and the underlying messages of learning as well as cultural diversity make this a worthwhile addition to your young one’s library.

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Disclaimer: Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for the digital review copy of the featured books. These thoughts are my honest opinions of the books.

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