Under the Milky Way: Traditions and Celebrations Beneath the Stars


Main Details

Title Under the Milky Way: Traditions and Celebrations Beneath the Stars
Authors and Contributors      By (author)   Frane Lessac
Illustrated by   Frane Lessac
Physical Properties
Dimensions(mm): Height 262,Width 254
People and places
ISBN 9781536200959
Children / Juvenile
Illustrations Illustrations, unspecified

Publishing Details

Publisher Candlewick Press,U.S.
Imprint Candlewick Press,U.S.
Publication Date 1 January 2020
NZ Release Date 1 January 2020
Publication Country United States


This celebratory picture book from Frane Lessac shines a light on beloved nighttime traditions under the starry skies of North America. Beneath a blanket of stars, crowds cheer at Little League games, campers share fireside stories, bull-riders hold on tight, and sled dogs race through falling snow -- all under the Milky Way. Vivid artwork, engaging verses, and facts about the United States and Canada will captivate readers of all ages in a joyful offering from Frane Lessac.

Author Biography

Frane Lessac is the creator of Under the Southern Cross, A Is for Australian Animals, and Island Counting 1 2 3.She is also the illustrator of Pattan's Pumpkin, Midnight, The Donkey of Gallipoli, and The Greatest Liar on Earth as well as many other books for young readers. She was born in the United States and now lives in Australia.


Communities across the United States and Canada dance, play, and tell stories under the same stars. In this colorful smorgasbord of evening-centered tidbits, prolific illustrator Lessac describes some of the celebrations that take place after sundown in North America. --Kirkus Reviews Charming and quirky, this takes readers on a fascinating journey through exciting locations in the U.S., plus one in Canada...Lessac's colorful gouache illustrations have a playful folk-art style that beautifully draw together the disparate parts of the book and add to its appeal for a variety ages. At once a unifying read and a celebration of diversity. --Booklist While a book about nighttime could be visually dark, this book has bright and cheerful illustrations, giving the activities a festive feel. As a bonus, the author has painted her dog on every page and students will have fun trying to find him. This title will appeal to librarians looking to beef up their solar system nonfiction collections. --School Library Journal