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The House in the Nightby Susan Marie Swanson and Beth Krommes
Winner of the 2009 Randolph Caldecott Medal
Synopses & Reviews
A spare, patterned text and glowing pictures explore the origins of light that make a house a home in this bedtime book for young children. Naming nighttime things that are both comforting and intriguing to preschoolers — a key, a bed, the moon — this timeless book illuminates a reassuring order to the universe.
"Using only a few graceful words per page to illuminate the dark, this bedtime gem shines its light clearly on things that matter — a home filled with books, art, music and ever-present love. Krommes's (The Lamp, the Ice, and a Boat Called Fish) astonishing illustrations are so closely intertwined with the meticulous text that neither can be isolated without a loss of meaning. The book begins, intriguingly, 'Here is the key to the house./ In the house burns a light./ In that light rests a bed./ On that bed waits a book.' That book takes the child reader up into the skies and back home again, to sleep ('dark in the song, song in the bird, / bird in the book, book on the bed'). Krommes's black-and-white scratchboard illustrations are as delicate and elegant as snowflakes, and she uses a single color, a marigold, to bring warmth to both home and stars. This volume's artful simplicity, homely wisdom and quiet tone demonstrate the interconnected beauty and order of the world in a way that both children and adults will treasure. Ages 3 — 6." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"A beautiful piece of bookmaking that will delight both parents and children." Booklist (Starred Review)
"This picture book will make a strong impression on listeners making their first acquaintance with literature. It is a masterpiece that has all the hallmarks of a classic that will be loved for generations to come." School Library Journal
"Krommes's breathtaking scratchboard illustrations, in black and white with accents of yellow and gold, embody and enhance the text's message that light and dark, like comfort and mystery, are not mutually exclusive, but integral parts of each other." Kirkus Reviews
A spare, patterned text and glowing pictures explore the origins of light that make a house a home, in this bedtime book for young children. Full color.
Just this once, schedules are swept aside as a too busy world suddenly revels in the freedom and peace of the snow. The joy and wonder of a snowy day is brought to new life in this destined-to-be-a-classic picture book from Newbery Honor author, Joyce Sidman, and Caldecott winning artist, Beth Krommes.
There are planes to fly and buses to catch, but a small child wishes for a different sort of day in this striking picture book. When clouds gather and heavy flakes begin to fall, her invocation comes true. As a too-busy world falls silent, a family revels in the freedom and peace of a snow day.and#160;
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; In a spare text that reads as pure song and illustrations of astonishingly beautiful scratchboard art, Sidman and Krommes remind us that sometimes, if spoken from the heart, wishes really can come true.and#160;
This gentle, poetic bedtime story about a little girl and the friendly moon is perfect for fans of Ezra Jack Keats and Kevin Henkes
After a play date in the city, Addy heads home to the country with her family. And through the long drive, the moon seems to be following them closely—Addys faithful guardian and friend.
The comforting sense that the moon is your own personal companion is universal to childhood, and Ida Pearle has depicted it beautifully through her lyrical text and soft, sleepy cut-paper collage illustrations. This is a book that children will ask to hear every night at bedtime.
About the Author
Inspired by the pattern of a traditional poem handed down over decades ("This is the key to the kingdom"), Susan Marie Swanson wrote this poem about the comfort of night and home. she is an award-winning poet and the author of several children's books. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she often works in the schools as a poet-in-residence.
Beth Krommes is the illustrator of several award-winning books. She draws and reads and dreams in a tall house among the pines and maples of Peterborough, New Hampshire, where she lives with her family.
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