The Lights that Dance in the Night


Is it possible that the speck of dust blown from the Sun to Earth might light up our northern night skies? Thereafter, might these specks bond and find ‘a path through wintry weather’?

It seems this phenomenon, these Northern Lights, set out to delight as they change t become shining, gleaming ‘streams of air’. Thereafter, they are The Lights that Dance in the Night.

Moreover, they enchant wolf packs, wild cats, herds of musk ox, polar bears, seals, puffin, Arctic hare, whales, reindeer and storytellers. It seems they are sought as a promise, a treasure by people who ‘stand and stare/ to feel the magic in the air’.

Yuval Zommer’s rhyming text stirs and delights. There is such wonder in his narrative. Thereafter his pictures are glorious. They fill the pages with glory and promise. Altogether, The Lights that Dance in the Night is a superb picture book that Bookwagon recommends for sharing, poring over, gifting and treasuring.

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The Lights that Dance in the Night

Yuval Zommer

(Oxford University Press)– hardback

It seems that flippers clap and bills touch as the animal kingdom proclaim The Lights that Dance in the Night. After all, these are aurora polaris, Northern Lights, that captivate and mystify. Thereafter, it seems this is their dance, a ‘celebration- as specks of dust [blow] to Earth from the Sun’. 

It seems this light sensation tumbles ‘through clouds- winds and snowstorms’, bonding closely, staying strong, facing off  the ‘wintry weather’. What’s more, the stream shines and gleams across the nighttime skies, bringing ‘joy to polar bears,. and happiness to Arctic hares’. The light force dances further, sashaying and swing for Arctic fox and musk ox, too. Then again, how might wolf pack or wild cats react to this show? What of reindeer herds or Arctic people?

It seems that Yuval Zommer whips us into a paroxysm of delight with his picture books, from his descriptive rhyme, element of nature study, to this soaring, vibrant pictures. As with A Thing Called Snow, we are captivated and delighted. Altogether, The Lights that Dance in the Night demands to be read together, during wintry bedtimes, gifted, shared and loved.


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