Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Review: Red Sky at Night by Elly MacKay

A memorable collection of weather sayings, beautifully arranged in story form and illustrated by renowned paper artist Elly MacKay.
Red sky at night, sailor's delight. And, the next morning, when the dew is on the grass, no rain will come to pass. These are the perfect conditions for a grandfather to take his grandchildren out on a fishing trip. Especially since, as the saying goes, when the wind is from the West, then the fishes bite the best. The family takes a boat out on the lake, fishing and swimming and eventually camping out on a nearby island, taking full advantage of the gorgeous weather. But the next day . . . red sky in the morning, sailors take warning! The family ventures back home just in time to avoid a rainstorm. But not to worry -- the more rain, the more rest. Fair weather's not always best.
Acclaimed paper artist Elly MacKay illustrates a lovely family narrative through the use of weather aphorisms, creating a beautiful and informational story which will appeal to children's timeless fascination with the natural world.

I've always been fascinated by the weather, but even if I wasn't, I would probably still enjoy this book.

The book consists of weather sayings/rhymes combined with beautiful pictures created by the author. I've actually only heard of two of the sayings in the book ("red sky at night" and "red sky in the morning"). The others are mostly new to me or they're something that I might have observed but didn't really give much thought to.

I really liked the Weather Wisdom part after the main part of the book. This part discusses the sayings in the book and whether there is truth to them or not.

I also really liked the illustrations in the book. The color palette and the style are absolutely beautiful.  On the About the Author page, there's a brief explanation on how they are made. At first I wasn't sure if they were made with watercolors or on the computer. I was very impressed when I find out how the almost 3D effect of the illustrations were created.

He wasn't in the mood to read out loud when we read this but he did have a lot of fun looking at the pictures and would point out little things here and there that caught his eye.

When clouds appear like rocks and towers,
the Earth is refreshed with frequent showers. 


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