Flash and Gleam

Light in Our World

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 2
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

The soft glow of a candle, the blink of a firefly, a burst of fireworks—light is everywhere in our world!

Rhyming text and luminous illustrations follow four children as they experience many different forms of light.

“[M]ultiple STEAM applications, from poetry and creative writing to introductions to energy and light to how the sun affects human life, and doubles as a great read-aloud or a starry bedtime story.”—starred, Booklist

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Nonfiction, Science
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Expository Literature
Copyright 2020
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2020-03-03
Text Type Poetry
BISACS JNF052020, JNF051000, JNF042000
Dewey 535
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.75 x 9.75
Guided Reading Level J
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews

Awards

  • Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices, Winner, 2021
  • Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children, Winner, 2021

Reviews

Booklist

“[M]ultiple STEAM applications, from poetry and creative writing to introductions to energy and light to how the sun affects human life, and doubles as a great read-aloud or a starry bedtime story.”—starred, Booklist

School Library Journal

“An illuminating choice for STEAM storytimes.”—School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly

“Over the course of a day, an inclusive array of children move with their families through activities and celebrations that incorporate light.”—Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews

“[S]uccessfully depicts both scientific and cultural experiences in impressive variety and connections. A ray of light, both illuminating and beautiful.”—Kirkus Reviews

Author: Sue Fliess

Sue Fliess is the author of over forty children's books including Flash and Gleam: Light in Our World, Goldilocks and the Three Engineers, Sadie Sprocket Builds a Rocket, Beatrice Bly's Rules for Spies series and more. Her background is in copywriting, public relations, art, and marketing, and her essays have appeared in O the Oprah Magazine, Huffington Post, Writer's Digest, and more. Her picture books have received honors from the Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators, have been used in school curricula, museum educational programs, and have even been translated into multiple languages. Sue lives with her family and two Labrador Retrievers in Northern Virginia. Visit her at www.suefliess.com.

Illustrator: Khoa Le

Khoa Le has illustrated picture books published in a number of different countries, including the 2020 Sydney Taylor Honor book Miriam at the River. She is also an author, a graphic designer, and a painter. Khoa has a passion for travel, an eagerness to learn about different cultures, and a desire to discover the beauty of the world. Her inner moth makes her attracted to any source of light, but her dream is to one day see the northern lights. She lives in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, with her five cats.