By Elly MacKay Recommended Ages: 3 – 7 years
Old-timers used sayings handed down over decades to herald and explain changing weather conditions. One common example is an aphorism that foretells whether we should look for a clear day ahead or beware an approaching storm.
Red skies in the morning, sailors take warning. Red skies at night, sailor’s delight.
In Red Sky at Night, Elly MacKay, a renowned paper artist and author of three other children’s books, uses some familiar verses to help tell the story of a family fishing trip. MacKay’s beautiful illustrations employ her signature method of painting a backdrop and then staging paper cutouts in the foreground to create a dreamy 3-dimensional effect. She presents time-tested sayings to chronicle the family’s outing and to explain how our forefathers used their keen knowledge of natural conditions to help predict the weather. Kids of all ages will delight in the beautiful pictures while learning about weather and our close relationship to the natural world.