The Lights That Dance in the Night

Doubleday. Nov. 2022. 32p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780593563137.
PreS-Gr 2–The delightful spirit of hygge and renewal runs through this rhyming story set against the glow of the northern lights and the animals and people enchanted by their magical beauty. Voiced by the lights themselves, the verse describes the journey from space to Earth and the joy that the glow brings to all who witness it: “Wolf packs howled beneath our glow/ and wildcats played on painted snow.” Festive illustration brings the verse to life, imbuing the lights with life as the glow moves through air and land, winding around trees and swirling above water. A lighthearted black font dances across the pages, making for an easy and enchanting read-aloud that is perfect for one-on-one sharing and groups alike.
VERDICT An engaging rhyming cadence and adorable artwork make this a wonderful first purchase for story time collections.

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