Flash and Gleam

Title: Flash and Gleam

Author: Sue Fliess
Illustrator: Khoa Le
Publisher: Millbrook Press, 2020
Book Type: STEM, Multicultural
Ages: 2-6

Opening Lines:

Lights / Rise / Open eyes

Reach/ Low / Nurture, grow


The soft glow of a candle, the blink of a firefly, a burst of fireworks―light is everywhere in our world! Rhyming text and luminous illustrations follow four children as they experience many different forms of light.


  • Fun DIY kids activities involving light
  • STEM facts, activities, and games on the concept of light from Science Kids

Why I Like This Book:

A beautiful book for both the eyes and ears. This lyrical book takes the reader on an exploration of light in nature and through cultural traditions around the world. The backmatter contains scientific information on light and details on light festivals from around the world such as Diwali, Hanukkah, and Yi Ping. The richly-hued and gorgeous digital and mixed media art adds a deep, thoughtful feel to the story from the lighted candles, flowers, and stuffies at a memorial, to a girl making a birthday wish of becoming an astronaut, to families spending time together while watching the Northern Lights or celebrating holidays. A wonderful book to make you slow down and enjoy those small moments of light in your life.

Enjoy this book trailer.

Find Flash and Gleam at the following spots:
IndieBound | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | Goodreads
ISBN-10: 1541557700
ISBN-13: 978-1541557703

This review is part of Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Book series. Visit her site to see the other books recommended.

Disclosure: I received an electronic copy of this book from the publisher. This review nevertheless reflects my own and honest opinion about the book.

4 Responses to “Flash and Gleam”

  1. Patricia Tilton

    I love to read your recent finds. This is such a beautiful book and I love the simple text. Young readers will be able to read it to themselves.


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