Seven Circles of Light

How They Were Born and What They Became

Children - Concept
42 Pages
Reviewed on 10/12/2020
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Author Biography

Maryann Lucas was born in 1959 and soon after began her life’s work: making beautiful things. She started by using crayons to mark up the living room walls, and eventually moved on to oil paints and canvas. She has made some very beautiful paintings and drawings in her lifetime, but her true masterpieces are her daughters. At first, she wasn’t so sure how to preserve and nurture their innately beautiful spirits. Luckily for her and her children, there were lots of helpful parenting books available about raising a whole child and being a conscious mom. She read a lot of them. Now Lucas combines the broader experiences of parent and painter in her first children’s book with an uplifting story and beautifully drawn illustrations.

Lucas received an excellent liberal arts education at Georgetown University and earned her masters from the Columbia University School of Journalism. She worked at CBS News in New York City and as a television reporter at WCAX-TV in Vermont. That all happened a very long time ago. Today, Lucas lives in Sag Harbor, NY with her husband and two cats. Her daughters are still beautiful (inside and out), and live nearby.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Seven Circles of Light: How They Were Born and What They Became is a children’s concept picture book written and illustrated by Maryann Lucas. Until that sharp desire sparked and woke up the Brightest Light, it needed and wanted nothing more than to exist in the Big Quiet. That desire changed everything. Brightest Light felt unfulfilled until its need manifested as the Seven Circles of Light. The Circles were happy to live with Brightest Light until, one day, that sharp desire returned, and each circle became distinct and different, but they all felt the need to leave the Big Quiet, and off they went.

Maryann Lucas’s Seven Circles of Light: How They Were Born and What They Became is a marvelous way to introduce children to color theory and how colors are all contained in white light. Her story goes further in assigning personality and physical form to each color and bringing them all together in a park on planet Earth. There’s also a marvelous creation legend that expands from the one Brightest Light into the Seven Circles, which then contracts again in an endless cycle. Lucas gives children and caregivers alike much to think about and explore in this thought-provoking and decidedly different children’s picture book. Lucas’s artwork fleshes out the details beautifully, making this story as vibrant and rich as the Seven Circles when they first appear and begin to flourish. Seven Circles of Light: How They Were Born and What They Became is most highly recommended.