From School Library Journal
Grade 4-9-- This celebration of the world of light and shadow captures their many moods equally well in two very different media. The 14 poems are printed on the left-hand pages, opposite the full-color photographs they both describe and enhance. Each one begins with the word ``light'' followed by a simple verb--``Light jumps . . . ,'' ``Light is . . . ,'' ``Light steps . . .'' All help to personify the arrangements that appear in the photographs. The pictures themselves convey many of the images in the text, from the energy of sunshine on water, to the coolness of afternoon shadows, or the joy of fractured light in a funhouse mirror. Those readers who have appreciated Livingston's work with Leonard Everett Fisher in Space Songs (Holiday, 1988) and several other titles will enjoy this new and different collaboration as well. When used with James Cross Giblin's Let There Be Light (Crowell, 1988), a history of windows, and Hilda Simon's Sight and Seeing: A World of Light and Color (Philomel, 1983), this collection could provide a powerful centerpiece for a science unit. --Barbara Chatton, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie
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From Kirkus Reviews
Fourteen well-composed color photos explore the interplay of light and dark in intriguingly varied settings--the cool blue of the ocean at twilight or the fiery glow of sunrise; a campfire glow or a stream's midday shimmer; a funhouse mirror or a cascade of shining coins from a toll machine, silhouetted--by some alchemy--against black. Livingston explores the visual images in poems that might be termed verbal paintings, each beginning with the word ``Light'' and composed of four brief verses: ``Light finds/a place to rest/on peeling windowsills,/lazes//among/branches of a/towering tree caught in/white sky,'' begins ``Abandoned House,'' which faces a curious composition resulting from a window that reflects trees and sky- -except where panes are missing. An interesting and artful book that might inspire other verbal/visual pairings. (Nonfiction. 6+) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.