Children's Book Review: Aurora of the Northern Lights

Saturday, September 12, 2009 Posted by Dina N

I came across a new children's book, Aurora of the Northern Lights by Holly Hardin. This is an enchanting story about Aurora, a little girl who is named for the Northern Lights. She loses her parents and begins a long journey North, searching for a place to belong. Aurora is different from the people she encounters, and they all turn her away - until she finds her true home and her trip comes to a happy ending.

The book is composed entirely in rhymes and has a rhythm that reminded me of a ballad. Some verses repeat throughout Aurora's journey, bringing Hardin's lyrical prose even closer to a beautiful song. It is gorgeously illustrated by renowned artist Donald Vanderbeek. The text and pictures bring to life a magical world of adventure, strange creatures and enchantment.

My daughter and I enjoyed reading about little Aurora's journey. She asked me to read the story again and again. Even though the book is sad at times, it all ends well. The message of love and tolerance towards people who are different from us will appeal to readers of all ages.

About the Book
ISBN: 978-1432724399
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Date of publish: Aug 6, 2009
Pages: 31
S.R.P.: $18.95

About the Author
Holly Hardin has a degree in English literature and is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She is the author several published articles for both children and adults. Hardin lives in the north Georgia mountains with her husband, Jeff, and their four spoiled dogs.

Special thanks to the author and to Bostick Communications for sending me a copy to review.

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