Seeking an Aurora is one of those books which at first glance, seems just a light read with pictures. And for a child it probably is, with the beautiful pictures holding the interest more than the story.
In fact, reading it to the child in my life, we found that examining and discussing the pictures was a story in itself. We talked about the way the cold air made our breath puff out like little clouds, and the way frost on the ground crunched beneath our feet as we walked on it. We wondered how the artist had produced such vivid colours from what looked like crayons or pastels and we thought we might try to make some art work ourselves. The depictions of the Aurora woke in us a fervent desire to witness one ourselves and we discussed how we could set about achieving this desire. We really really liked the book on lots of different levels.
The main one for me was enjoying the company of my grandchild as we talked together about the book and the thoughts it brought up. For a child, reading it with an interested adult is the ideal, but I can imagine them reading it over by themselves afterwards, thinking their own thoughts, and enjoying the memories. A lovely wee book.
Reviewed by Lesley Vlietstra
Seeking an Aurora
by Elizabeth Pulford and Anne Bannock
published by OneTree House