You Are Light

illus. by Aaron Becker. 16p. Candlewick. Mar. 2019. Board.$15.99. ISBN 9781536201154.
RedReviewStarPreS–This creative board book is an early introduction to STEM for young audiences. The cover is bright and colorful and designed to grab their attention. When the book is held up into the light, children can look through the 12 translucent circles of greens, blues, purples, oranges, and yellows. The story seems simple but has great depth. The title starts, "This is light that brings the dawn." The text is clever, too: "It sips the sea to make the rain." This, of course, refers to evaporation. The story lends itself to discussion with children and does an outstanding job of introducing complex ideas in a lighthearted, lyrical way. Although the word photosynthesis is never used, the concept of light feeding leaves is introduced. The text and illustrations work well together to create a sturdy, tactile experience will appeal to young children.
VERDICT This is an age-appropriate concept book. Highly recommended as a first purchase for public libraries and preschools.

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