LOUIS AND THE NIGHT SKY
Volume 21 Number 4
This is a sweet, simple story about a problem every child (and parent) can relate to - falling asleep at bedtime.
Louis finds his room dark and lonely. He wants to find a better planet, one "where the lights are on all night long." Looking out his window, he wishes on a bright star, and with a "swishity-swoosh" is whisked off through the night sky. Travelling from planet to planet, Louis touches down long enough on each one to see that it isn't exactly what he is looking for - Mercury is dry and dusty, Venus gloomy and cloud-filled, and so on - until he reaches dark, icy Pluto.
Saddened, wondering where to go next, Louis spots something... "Way off in the distance a small planet twinkled like a magic blue marble in the darkness..." The little boy journeys towards it to discover the perfect place - Earth. Back at home, Louis's parents supply a night light (in the shape of a twinkling star) to take away the darkness of his room. A predictable but satisfying ending for very young children.
This book is a good introduction to astronomy, briefly describing each of the nine planets in our solar system in terms suitable for the recommended age group. The illustrations are lively and appealing.
I would recommend this attractive mix of fact and fantasy for little listeners.
Linda Holeman, a former elementary teacher, now writes full time in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
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