The night sky is a treasure trove of stories filled with heroes, wild animals, and adventure. It's just a matter of knowing where to look. In this new edition of the Dot to Dot in the Sky series, Joan Marie Galat explores the legends and facts of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).
Like the rest of the books in this series, Stories of the Aurora contains all the scientific facts a child should know about this beautiful phenomenon in the night sky. Beautifully illustrated by Lorna Bennet, it also chronicles the many legends surrounding the event including tales of the afterlife from the Inuit, a European & Mi'kmaq fairy tale and even a story from the ancient Romans on what an Aurora could possibly mean. These tales and more make this a one-of-a-kind book on this incredible phenomenon in the Canadian sky.
Joan Marie Galat
is an award-winning author of books for children and adults, and a freelance writer and editor. She combines astronomy with ancient mythology in the Dot to Dot in the Sky series and enjoys sharing her love of the night sky with school audiences.
attended the Fine Arts/Arts programs at Grant MacEwan College and The University of Alberta. After working full time as a designer/illustrator for many years, Lorna became a full-time freelance illustrator in 1998 and began to illustrate trade picture books, greeting cards, novel covers, as well as nonfiction, technical illustration, other language books and cookbooks. Lorna has worked as a writer and as an animator in traditional and digital animation with an Edmonton multimedia group; projects include work for the National Film Board and Royal Provincial Museum's Wild Alberta permanent exhibit multimedia. Lorna has held solo exhibitions of original oil paintings at the Art Gallery of Alberta (formerly the Edmonton Art Gallery), the Royal Alberta Museum, and major libraries in Edmonton and Calgary.
"This beautiful book, enhanced by Lorna Bennett's illustrations, holds two ideas in perfect tension: the aurora is a comprehensible scientific phenomenon yet remains a mysterious force that provokes universal wonder."
— Foreword Reviews
"Clear graphic art and gorgeous photographs reinforce the readable text. Original artwork by Lorna Bennett brings the legends to life. This recommended title would make a welcome addition to any school or classroom library. Sections could be used in science, art, language arts, and social studies classes."
— Resource Links
"I would recommend Dot to Dot in the Sky: Stories of the Aurora. The book flows nicely and has grade appropriate content. The content is written in a way that teachers and students can understand. The book weaves history content and science content well together. The pictures, graphics, and content focus boxes are designed to showcase key information and help engage students with the text. I would recommend the book and incorporate it into my classroom for aurora concepts that I weave into lessons.."
— NSTA Recommends
"The illustrations and photographs of the aurora reflect the beauty that is the experience of seeing the lights in the evening sky and complement the text. . . Stories of the Aurora is a good source for students doing research on the topic of auroras. It is detailed and beautifully illustrated. Although some of the myths may be a bit dense and detailed, the book provides good background material on an interesting topic related to astronomy.
— CM Magazine