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Superluminous

Superluminous

Interest Age: 3–5
Grade: p–1
Reading Level:
Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature:
W.3.1,3,4,8,10
RF.3.3,3b,3c,3d,4,4a
SL.3.1,1c,1d,2,3,4,6
L.3.3,4,4a,4b,4c,5,5
RL.3.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,1

Reading Level: Lexile AD610L
Hardcover (Picture book) : 9781773213804, 36 pages, March 2020 , 10.10" x 9.75"

Description

Nour loves the luminous glow she was born with, but it’s only when it starts to dim that she discovers the true power of her brilliant light.

Nour has a superpower: she glows. Her light shines so bright, she feels like a star in the night sky. But when kids at school notice her glow, they’re not impressed. If she had a real superpower, they say, she could fly or turn invisible. So Nour stops feeling special. And as her light dims, her world darkens . . . until a nighttime cry from her baby sister shows her how powerful her glow can be.

Ian De Haes’s heartfelt story and radiant illustrations highlight themes of self-confidence, bravery, empathy, and the imaginative power of a strong female protagonist—whose name means light in Arabic.

Reviews

“Representing dwindling self-confidence with a dying light . . . is executed skilfully in the illustrations. ”  

- Quill & Quire, 03/19/20

“The story is simple, but written well. The illustrations are the real star. ”

- The Ladybug Reads, 11/09/19

“This is such a special book for children to read–all the important messages of compassion, confidence, empathy, and self-love are all rolled into this beautiful story. ” 

- Youth Services Book Review, *starred review, 01/01/20

“A tender narrative about self-image with striking illustrations. ” 

- Publishers Weekly, 01/09/2020

“DeHaes’s illustrations are luminous and expressive. The story is almost perfect . . . Use this as a conversation starter about ways that we get jealous and attack others who are different from we are. ” 

- Kiss the Book Jr, 01/26/20

“Warm backgrounds with radiant golden tones are sure to capture attention and elicit some ‘aah’ moments during the reading. ” 

- Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 03/18/20

“[A] lovely story, whose emotional depth stands up to many readings . . . Warm and satisfying. ” 

- Kirkus Reviews, *starred review, 01/21/20