You Are Light

You Are Light

With a wondrously simple die-cut book, the Caldecott Honor-winning creator of the Journey trilogy brings his talents further into the light.This is the light that brings the day.Open this beautiful book to find a graphic yellow sun surrounded by a halo of bright die-cut circles. Now hold the page up to the light and enjoy the transformation as the colors in those circles g...

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Title:You Are Light
Author:Aaron Becker
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You Are Light Reviews

  • J.L. Slipak

    MY THOUGHTS:

    I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

    I must confess that when this book came into my office, my husband and I played with it by holding it up to the window to appreciate the colours better, although, it wasn’t really necessary. The colours in the die-cuts was beautiful with or without the light from the window. We just wanted to play with the book.

    It is so beautiful in its simplicity. The extra-ordinary design tells a story of natural beauty in all the things around

    MY THOUGHTS:

    I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

    I must confess that when this book came into my office, my husband and I played with it by holding it up to the window to appreciate the colours better, although, it wasn’t really necessary. The colours in the die-cuts was beautiful with or without the light from the window. We just wanted to play with the book.

    It is so beautiful in its simplicity. The extra-ordinary design tells a story of natural beauty in all the things around us and especially in ourselves. Geared for ages 4 to 8, I think just for the art value and ingenuity of design, this book would be great for other ages… like curious adults even.

    It now sits like a work of art on my window sill in front of my desk, and depending on the type of day, reflects a vibrant rainbow of colours set in a unique design. I can see this book captivating the curiosity of the young, allowing them to explore colours in the beauty of their surroundings. It will stir delight and creativity.

    The author is a Caldecott Honor-winning author/illustrator of the “Journey” trilogy and of “A Stone for Sascha.”

  • Vera Godley

    It is such a joy to share the books reviewed here on Chat With Vera with a local library, a homeschool family, a neighbor, and especially a special Great-grandbaby. His dear mother has reviewed You Are Light for us after sharing it with this sweet little one. Her review is especially pertinent as she is an artist and a superb professional photographer.

    We recently received this lovely book from a family member and I must say, the gift was perfectly timed. It was the end of a long day and we were

    It is such a joy to share the books reviewed here on Chat With Vera with a local library, a homeschool family, a neighbor, and especially a special Great-grandbaby. His dear mother has reviewed You Are Light for us after sharing it with this sweet little one. Her review is especially pertinent as she is an artist and a superb professional photographer.

    We recently received this lovely book from a family member and I must say, the gift was perfectly timed. It was the end of a long day and we were on the way home when our little one was getting fussy in his carseat. I climbed into the back seat and pulled out this beautifully crafted book that describes color and light. The book is a dynamic tool that changes when you look down upon it from above versus holding it up to the window to let the light shine through the little circular panes.

    The welcome distraction became an exploration in the color wheel and will likely spark deeper conversations into the cycle of water, sun and their effects on the earth’s environment when he’s old enough to understand. While the author stays rooted in the scientific explanation of how our climate works, he also introduces ideas of blending colors and the concept that we all have a special light within each of us.

    This book could be an excellent starting point for many conversations and questions with your young one no matter their age. If you need a simple distraction in the car, want to delve into the mysteries that govern our physical world or would like to explore the artistic side of color and light, this book is definitely one to bring along! ———R. Roddenberry-Smith

    DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate a review. Opinions are those of the reviewer and are freely given.

  • Heidi

    This rather unusual picture is all about the power of light and its connection to life. The beauty of the simple text highlights the way sunlight brings dawn, which touches water, which rains and waters the wheat'and feeds the leaves. Eventually the light touches you and me connecting all living things. What makes the book extra special is the use of die-cuts and colored plastic to highlight the various colors that the light brings to life. The book needs to be held up to the light to be fully a

    This rather unusual picture is all about the power of light and it´s connection to life. The beauty of the simple text highlights the way sunlight brings dawn, which touches water, which rains and ´waters the wheat'and ´feeds the leaves´. Eventually the light touches you and me connecting all living things. What makes the book extra special is the use of die-cuts and colored plastic to highlight the various colors that the light brings to life. The book needs to be held up to the light to be fully appreciated, but it´s worth the effort. A deceptively simple, yet gorgeous reminder of the power of light to bring life.

  • Lynne Moody

    I won this book on a Goodreads giveaway. Love how cute and simple this book was. Kids would really love the color and the cutouts were great looking. Also how you can interact with the different pages as you read to them and put it up against the lamp or sun.

  • Linda Atkinson

    Love!

  • Wendy Garland

    The use of cutouts and color make the entire composition of this book a work of art.

  • Edward Sullivan

    Beautiful and unqiue in its use of die cuts, this concept book can be appreciated by a wide range of ages.

  • Katie Fitzgerald

    I was excited to receive a review copy of this book based on the book trailer, but now that I have it in hand, I have to admit to being underwhelmed. The gimmick is fun at first glance. My kids wanted to hold the book up to the window and see the light shine through the colored circles. It was neat to see the way the images in the center of each page seemed to pop out, and we enjoyed seeing the shadow of the cut-outs on the front cover against our living room floor. After doing all of that just

    I was excited to receive a review copy of this book based on the book trailer, but now that I have it in hand, I have to admit to being underwhelmed. The gimmick is fun at first glance. My kids wanted to hold the book up to the window and see the light shine through the colored circles. It was neat to see the way the images in the center of each page seemed to pop out, and we enjoyed seeing the shadow of the cut-outs on the front cover against our living room floor. After doing all of that just once, however, we'd pretty much exhausted what this book can offer. The text is abstract and the "you are the light" message feels empty and sounds more meaningful than it is. The colored circles don't show up on surfaces even when a flashlight is shone right through them, and the patterns made by the empty circles don't seem to signify anything. The book is really just a glorified optical illusion, and frankly, it would be more satisfying to just go out and buy a suncatcher.

  • Michael Fitzgerald

    Huge disappointment. I loved Becker's trilogy of wordless books, but this is just dreadful - trite text and a gimmick that adds nothing - the emperor has no clothes.

  • Becky

    First sentence: This is the light that brings the dawn to warm the sky and hug the land. It sips the sea to make the rain, which waters wheat to grow the grain.

    Premise/plot: Simple text, complicated design highlight a new-age-y message for little ones? I'm not one hundred percent sure of that last bit--that's opinion not fact. But regardless the text is simple and the design is complicated.

    My thoughts: If the book did not end in an obscure, abstract, obviously-vague, perhaps new-age-y way (This

    First sentence: This is the light that brings the dawn to warm the sky and hug the land. It sips the sea to make the rain, which waters wheat to grow the grain.

    Premise/plot: Simple text, complicated design highlight a new-age-y message for little ones? I'm not one hundred percent sure of that last bit--that's opinion not fact. But regardless the text is simple and the design is complicated.

    My thoughts: If the book did not end in an obscure, abstract, obviously-vague, perhaps new-age-y way (This light is you. And you are light.) then perhaps I could overlook the strange, quirky nature of the book. Sure, this book is a little out there--but it's harmless. It could provide entertainment for bored adults who are looking for a book to hold up to light--windows. There are worse ways to entertain yourself, right?! If only the text had stayed whimsical...but it didn't.

    I foresee that there will be people who LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book and think it's super-creative, incredibly profound, a piece of art in and of itself. There will be people that, on the other hand, think it's way over-rated and just a waste of time. Then perhaps there will be a small handful of Christians who object to the content being pushed. I fall into two of those groups. Even without the possible agenda being pushed, I think this is a case of the Emperor's New Clothes--and the emperor is NAKED.

    That being said, I did hold the book up to a window with the sun coming through--to see if it "improved" the book. It did--slightly. I'm not bored enough to do it again.

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