Tuesday, March 12, 2019

You Are Light by Aaron Becker [Review & 2-winner Giveaway US/CANADA]

It is such a joy to share the books reviewed here on Chat With Vera with a local library, a homeschool family, a neighbor, and especially a special Great-grandbaby. His dear mother has reviewed You Are Light for us after sharing it with this sweet little one. Her review is especially pertinent as she is an artist and a superb professional photographer.

We recently received this lovely book from a family member and I must say, the gift was perfectly timed. It was the end of a long day and we were on the way home when our little one was getting fussy in his carseat. I climbed into the back seat and pulled out this beautifully crafted book that describes color and light. The book is a dynamic tool that changes when you look down upon it from above versus holding it up to the window to let the light shine through the little circular panes.

The welcome distraction became an exploration in the color wheel and will likely spark deeper conversations into the cycle of water, sun and their effects on the earth’s environment when he’s old enough to understand. While the author stays rooted in the scientific explanation of how our climate works, he also introduces ideas of blending colors and the concept that we all have a special light within each of us.

This book could be an excellent starting point for many conversations and questions with your young one no matter their age. If you need a simple distraction in the car, want to delve into the mysteries that govern our physical world or would like to explore the artistic side of color and light, this book is definitely one to bring along!         ———R. Roddenberry-Smith
ISBN: 9781536201154
Candlewick Studio
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About the book: With a wondrously simple die-cut book, the Caldecott Honor–winning creator of the Journey trilogy brings his talents further into the light. 

This is the light that brings the day.

Open this beautiful book to find a graphic yellow sun surrounded by a halo of bright die-cut circles. Now hold the page up to the light and enjoy the transformation as the colors in those circles glow. In an elegant, sparely narrated ode to the phenomenon of light, Aaron Becker follows as light reflects off the earth to warm our faces, draws up the sea to make the rain, feeds all the things that grow, and helps to create all the brilliant wonders of the world, including ourselves.

2 Winners 
Begins March 12
Ends April 10 at 12:01 a.m. EDT
Open to USA and CANADA addresses.
No P.O. Boxes

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Candlewick Press to facilitate this review. Opinions are those of a young mother/artist and are freely given. Giveaway copies are provided by and shipped directly to the winners by the publisher.


  1. I am thinking that my older grandson would enjoy Soccer School Season 1: Where Soccer Explains (Rules) the World as well as the rest of the series.

  2. I Want My Hat Back sounds so cute! I bet it would quickly become a favorite in my house.

  3. I lthink the book the little green hen looks like it would be a cute book.
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  4. I'd also like to have Angry Cookie.

  5. Another nice book to have would be Animals: Early Learning at the Museum
    illustrator: The Trustees of the British Museum
    twinkle at optonline dot net

  6. I think the Interrupting Chicken

    author/illustrator: David Ezra Stein

    would be so much fun for dad to read to zadaya at bedtime

  7. Angry Cookie looks so cute!

  8. I think "The Knife of Never Letting Go" sounds good.


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