Bright Sky, Starry City

illus. by Aimée Sicuro. 32p. further reading. glossary. Groundwood. May 2015. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781554984053.
Gr 2–5—Phoebe loves everything about the stars. She draws the planets on the sidewalk outside of her dad's store after helping him set up the telescope. Saturn and Mars are going to be visible tonight up in the night sky. But Dad warns her that they might be hard to see, since the city lights "always turned the night sky gray and dull." Phoebe is disappointed and wishes that the lights would go out, just for a while. Sicuro's mixed-media illustrations help children understand the story from the girl's point of view. From her chalk drawings of the planets to the up-close view of Phoebe making her wish, readers are in the moment, hoping that Phoebe will get to see the stars. Several informational pages offer "More About Our Night Sky," including facts about the solar system, telescopes, and light pollution.
VERDICT This fictional story will pair nicely with nonfiction titles on the topic, such as Jacqueline Mitton's Zoo in the Sky (1998) and Once Upon a Starry Night (2004, both National Geographic).

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