Red Sky at Night

Red Sky at Night

by Elly Mackay


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101917831
Publisher: Tundra
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 524,501
Product dimensions: 11.70(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

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 distinctive pieces are made using paper and ink, and then are set into a miniature theatre and photographed, giving them their unique three-dimensional quality. Elly lives in Owen Sound, Ontario, with her husband and two children.

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Red Sky at Night 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful children's book to look through and read the weather predictions that are quoted on the pages. The illustrations portray the folklore that is expressed on each page. What I found fascinating with the illustrations are, the use of layers that accompany some of the illustrations. For the prediction: "When the wind is from the West, then the fishes bite the best." There is a red sailboat with an adult and two smaller individuals on the water. A heron is floating nearby. There are layers in the water with varying colors and shadows from the rocks and hills nearby. Plants and fish are in the water, and there is also a huge whale with more detail as he is closer. A fog covers the top of the water. Houses and trees and rocks are on land with varying details depending upon how close they are. There are clouds and birds in the sky, again with varying details. There is a lot of see in these illustrations, the layers to me are fascinating. There are 23 predictions with accompany illustrations in this children's book. There are some that I have heard before and many, that I was not aware of. I loved that the author wrote in the back, explanations of what these predictions really mean so individuals reading this book can understand and comprehend what they actually have read. "Trout jump high when rain is nigh." means "True, When there is low air pressure, it usually spells rain. Before the rain comes, insects fly low, looking for cover. Minnows, on the other hand, come to the surface of the water, following the raising gas bubbles that have been released by the low air pressure. If you are out before the rain, you might see fish jumping to catch the low-flying insects or in pursuit of the minnows." Great book with wonderful illustrations. Science related and I liked how it's educational too.
Jennifer_Houle More than 1 year ago
RED SKY AT NIGHT takes a look at all of the weather sayings people learn as children, such as "Red sky at night, sailors delight." I really liked the illustrations in the book, but my favorite part was that at the end, there's a section that breaks down the truth in each saying, by saying which are "true", which are "usually true", which are "questionable", and which are "true (but only in temperate zones)", as well as giving additional information. It makes it a great book for children of multiple age levels by offering that little bit extra.
AE2 More than 1 year ago
This beautifully illustrated picture book shares weather sayings, such as "Red sky at night, sailor's delight." Each page features one saying with an accompanying illustration, with brief explanations about each saying at the end of the book. The pictures are gorgeous, which makes the book appealing. The subject matter--the weather sayings--might appeal to fewer people. A lot of the sayings seem to certain around water, so it might be most appealing to those who leave near water or have an interest in the sea. While the book might not have universal appeal, it definitely makes me want to see more of Elly MacKay's work. I read a copy from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own. 4 stars.