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Under the Night Sky: 11/27/11
Under the Night Sky by Amy Lundebrek is a beautifully illustrated story of a boy, his mother and the night they break with routine to watch a rare display of the northern lights.
The boy spends nights alone while his mother works in a nearby factory. But this night she wakes him up and invites him onto the roof. The sky is bursting with colors. Mother and son join up with the rest of the neighborhood for the experience. It shows that astronomy can be for anyone and everyone. Nature is there and wonderful for anyone who takes the time away from the daily (or nightly) routine to look and enjoy.
I read Under the Night Sky for the astronomy materials list I had to put together for a college course. It was the only book in print book I could find for grades K to 3 that covers the aurora borealis. Most of the astronomy books focus on the moon, Pluto's change in status and the sun. It was refreshing to find a book on a different topic.