Red Sky At Night by Elly MacKayRed Sky At Night by Elly MacKay

Red Sky At Night

byElly MacKay

Hardcover | May 1, 2018

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A memorable collection of weather sayings, beautifully arranged in story form and illustrated by renowned paper artist Elly MacKay.

Red sky at night, sailor's delight. And, the next morning, when the dew is on the grass, no rain will come to pass. These are the perfect conditions for a grandfather to take his grandchildren out on a fishing trip. Especially since, as the saying goes, when the wind is from the West, then the fishes bite the best. The family takes a boat out on the lake, fishing and swimming and eventually camping out on a nearby island, taking full advantage of the gorgeous weather. But the next day . . . red sky in the morning, sailors take warning! The family ventures back home just in time to avoid a rainstorm. But not to worry -- the more rain, the more rest. Fair weather's not always best.

Acclaimed paper artist Elly MacKay illustrates a lovely family narrative through the use of weather aphorisms, creating a beautiful and informational story which will appeal to children's timeless fascination with the natural world.
ELLY MACKAY is a paper artist and a children's book author and illustrator. She wrote and illustrated the picture books If You Hold a Seed, Shadow Chasers and Butterfly Park, among others. She studied illustration and printmaking at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Her distin...
Title:Red Sky At NightFormat:HardcoverDimensions:40 pages, 11.75 × 9.31 × 0.39 inPublished:May 1, 2018Publisher:TundraLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1101917830

ISBN - 13:9781101917831


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Colour, light and magical journeys abound! I love this book! Wonderful to have watched Elly MacKay develop the story boards for this book. Love the thoughful process she takes in generating her ideas with children and adults alike. Her books reflect the neigbourhood and landscape around her - Georgian Bay - but also to move into her creative world of colour, light and magical journeys. Well worth owning this book and her others as part of your Elly MacKay collection!
Date published: 2018-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Stunning! Elly Mackay has done it again in her newest picture book Red Sky at Night. A truly unique concept, illustrating some of the world’s most commonly used weather sayings. Her artwork in this book is so brilliant, reflecting the sky, the air, and the natural world. The detail on each page is so incredible, from the shapes in the clouds, the splashes of the leaping trout, and the mist in the air. This book makes you want to fill your backpack and head out into the woods, out onto the lake, or to the backyard to roast up some marshmallows. You will want to take every page in this book, frame it, and hang it on the wall. One of my favourite parts of the book is the debunking section at the back of the book. Mackay takes each saying and gives us the low down on how well it holds weight. After reading this book, many experiments and observations will flow from your young scientists. Red Sky at Night makes the perfect jumping off point to take your learning outside and explore the natural world. Make observations about the sky, the air, the insects, and the animals, match them to the saying and then wait and record your findings. This book is perfect to share with preschoolers and up. I am so excited about sharing this one with my gang, as I just know they are going to gobble it up.
Date published: 2018-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Weather verses Soft illustrations engage readers in this unique book of weather forecasting. We have all heard many sayings about nature and the world around us that have secret messages about what the day will bring. Twenty three rhyming verses and their meanings will have young and old making predictions.
Date published: 2018-03-10

Editorial Reviews

One of New York Public Library’s Best Books for Kids 2018One of Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Book Covers of 2018Considered for one of Horn Book’s CaldeNott Honour Books 2019PRAISE FOR Red Sky at Night:"With MacKay’s dreamy cut-paper collage art featuring two siblings exploring outdoors, the old-fashioned approach to weather is oddly reassuring." --New York Times"[T]his makes a perfect fit for primary weather units." --Starred Review, Booklist"A curated collection of old-timey weather sayings is artfully brought to life in this exquisite informational picture book." --Starred Review, Quill & Quire"Distinctive, luminous illustrations delight the eye." --Kirkus Reviews"MacKay . . . once again relies on inventive, diorama-style artwork to create a moving story." --Publishers Weekly "A wonderful resource for nature lovers and for any classroom, especially for art and science curricula." --School Library Journal"[T]his transfixing picture book will teach something new to cloud-watchers everywhere." --BookPage"[A] clever picture book. . . . Budding and amateur meteorologists will enjoy this title, as will Canadian adults and children alike. . . . Highly Recommended." --CM Magazine"A memorable collection of weather sayings, beautifully arranged in story form and illustrated by renowned paper artist Elly MacKay.” --The Avidly