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Children's Nonfiction Astronomy

Stories of the Aurora

The Myths and Facts of the Northern Lights

by (author) Joan Marie Galat

illustrated by Lorna Bennett

Whitecap Books
Initial publish date
Sep 2016
Astronomy, Folklore & Mythology, General
Recommended Age
7 to 11
Recommended Grade
2 to 6
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2016
    List Price

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The night sky is a treasure trove of stories filled with heroes, wild animals, and adventure. It's just a matter of knowing where to look. In this new edition of the Dot to Dot in the Sky series, Joan Marie Galat explores the legends and facts of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).

Like the rest of the books in this series, Stories of the Aurora contains all the scientific facts a child should know about this beautiful phenomenon in the night sky. Beautifully illustrated by Lorna Bennett, it also chronicles the many legends surrounding the event including tales of the afterlife from the Inuit, a European and Mi'kmaq fairy tale and even a story from the ancient Romans on what an Aurora could possibly mean. These tales and more make this a one-of-a-kind book on this incredible phenomenon in the Canadian sky.

2017/2018 Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award nominee in the English Non-fiction category.


About the authors

Joan Marie Galat
lives in the Alberta countryside near Edmonton, where she can often be found gazing upwards. She shares her love of the sky in the Dot to Dot in the Sky series, which offers both science and stories from ancient cultures about our environment and the night sky.

Joan's writing career began with a weekly newspaper column when she was 12 years old. Now an award-winning and best-selling author, she has written more than a dozen books for both children and adults. She provides freelance writing and editing through her communications business, MoonDot Media, and is a frequent presenter at schools and libraries.

While Alberta's long winter nights and big prairie sky are ideal for stargazing, Joan also enjoys other pastimes such as reading, camping, kayaking, spending time outdoors, and even stiltwalking. She likes to travel and picnic, which led to her book Day Trips from Edmonton.

Joan Marie Galat's profile page

Lorna Bennett was born in Edmonton AB and took an early interest in the arts through music, dance and drawing. She attended Grant MacEwan Community College and the University of Alberta in Arts/Fine Arts. After working for many years as a designer/illustrator for the Alberta Forest Service and Environmental Protection, she left to pursue a career in the publishing industry doing children's picture books and novel covers. Many of Lorna's books have been nominated or shortlisted for major awards.

Lorna Bennett's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"This beautiful book, enhanced by Lorna Bennett's illustrations, holds two ideas in perfect tension: the aurora is a comprehensible scientific phenomenon yet remains a mysterious force that provokes universal wonder."
Foreword Reviews

"Clear graphic art and gorgeous photographs reinforce the readable text. Original artwork by Lorna Bennett brings the legends to life. This recommended title would make a welcome addition to any school or classroom library. Sections could be used in science, art, language arts, and social studies classes."
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"I would recommend Dot to Dot in the Sky: Stories of the Aurora. The book flows nicely and has grade appropriate content. The content is written in a way that teachers and students can understand. The book weaves history content and science content well together. The pictures, graphics, and content focus boxes are designed to showcase key information and help engage students with the text. I would recommend the book and incorporate it into my classroom for aurora concepts that I weave into lessons.."
NSTA Recommends

"The illustrations and photographs of the aurora reflect the beauty that is the experience of seeing the lights in the evening sky and complement the text. . . Stories of the Aurora is a good source for students doing research on the topic of auroras. It is detailed and beautifully illustrated. Although some of the myths may be a bit dense and detailed, the book provides good background material on an interesting topic related to astronomy.
CM Magazine

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