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THE NIGHT RAINBOW by Barbara Juster Esbensen

THE NIGHT RAINBOW

By Barbara Juster Esbensen

Pub Date: March 1st, 2000
ISBN: 0-531-30244-X
Publisher: Orchard

Paying poetic tribute to the aurora borealis, Esbensen and Davie (Echoes for the Eye, 1996) invoke the legends with which

northern peoples have wreathed it.

"We look up / and the sky begins to move" in a whirling dance of moccasined spirits, the struggles of giant white geese

trapped in ice, flaring fire arrows. "The breath of ghostly Hungarian horses," the Sky-Fox’s glowing tail, and other images are

all given star-dappled embodiment in Davie’s sweeping painted skies. Esbensen properly notes her sources and expands on her

theme with an appended account of the aurora’s scientific origin, plus a tally of forms and colors it can adopt. Science, poetry,

legend, and ghostly, dramatic visuals combine seamlessly in this evocative tribute to a natural wonder. (Picture book poetry.