Under the Milky Way (Hardcover)

Traditions and Celebrations Beneath the Stars

By Frané Lessac, Frané Lessac (Illustrator)

Candlewick, 9781536200959, 32pp.

Publication Date: December 24, 2019

List Price: 16.99*
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This celebratory picture book from Frané Lessac shines a light on beloved nighttime traditions under the starry skies of North America.

Beneath a blanket of stars, crowds cheer at Little League games, campers share fireside stories, bull-riders hold on tight, and sled dogs race through falling snow — all under the Milky Way. Vivid artwork, engaging verses, and facts about the United States and Canada will captivate readers of all ages in a joyful offering from Frané Lessac.

About the Author

Frané Lessac is the creator of Under the Southern Cross, A Is for Australian Animals, and Island Counting 1 2 3.She is also the illustrator of Pattan’s Pumpkin, Midnight, The Donkey of Gallipoli, and The Greatest Liar on Earth as well as many other books for young readers. She was born in the United States and now lives in Australia.

Praise For Under the Milky Way: Traditions and Celebrations Beneath the Stars

Communities across the United States and Canada dance, play, and tell stories under the same stars. In this colorful smorgasbord of evening-centered tidbits, prolific illustrator Lessac describes some of the celebrations that take place after sundown in North America.
—Kirkus Reviews

Charming and quirky, this takes readers on a fascinating journey through exciting locations in the U.S., plus one in Canada...Lessac’s colorful gouache illustrations have a playful folk-art style that beautifully draw together the disparate parts of the book and add to its appeal for a variety ages. At once a unifying read and a celebration of diversity.

While a book about nighttime could be visually dark, this book has bright and cheerful illustrations, giving the activities a festive feel. As a bonus, the author has painted her dog on every page and students will have fun trying to find him. This title will appeal to librarians looking to beef up their solar system nonfiction collections.
—School Library Journal