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In a night of rioting, Daniel and his mother are forced to leave their apartment for the safety of a shelter. “Diaz has not been afraid to take risks in illustrating the story with thickly textured paintings against a background of torn-paper and found-object collage. Without becoming cluttered or gimmicky, these pictures manage to capture a calamitous atmosphere that finally calms. . . . Both author and artist have managed to portray a politically charged event without pretense or preaching.”--The Bulletin

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During a night of rioting in Los Angeles, fires and looting force neighbors--who have always avoided one another--to come together. David Diaz was awarded the Caldecott Medal for his bold acrylic paint and photo-collage illustrations.

About the Author

EVE BUNTING has written over two hundred books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz. She lives in Southern California.

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nyladeblu, November 1, 2009 (view all comments by nyladeblu)
This book was given to my 3rd gr. class as a book of the month. Originally, I was stimied on how to approach such a complex issue wth young children. However, music came to my rescue. The song "You've Got To Be Taught" from South Pacific, matched the book perfectly.
In the story, Daniel's mom makes the comment, "She's not one of us." As an Asian woman, her eyes and skin are different. The students immediatley understood. But rather than focus on people, I turned the lesson into one on cats.
Cat's eyes are "oddly" made and their fur is all different colors, but we don't choose cats as our pets because of that attribute. Both Mrs. Kim and Daniels share a common experience, loss and love. When the cats are found, they are holding paws, the characters are brought together.
My students all made cat masks and dressed in the color of their cat for Character Day. They learned, intrinsically, that hatred and prejudice is learned and being different isn't bad, it's just different.
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toniamajor, October 2, 2006 (view all comments by toniamajor)
I find this book to be very helpful when teaching children about tolerance, especially if you are working with students where one race/ethnicity is predominant. Sometimes these students have preconceived ideas about how other races are and they avoid interacting with them. This book almost gives them permission in a sense to do so and find out that what they thought or heard most times isn't true.
It also shows that during a time of need race/ethnicity shouldn't matter because the only way to survive as a community is to work together.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780152018849
Author:
Diaz, David
Author:
Diaz, David
Publisher:
Voyager Paperbacks
Location:
San Diego
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Children's fiction
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Picturebooks
Subject:
Interpersonal Relations
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Adventure and adventurers
Subject:
Social Situations - Violence
Subject:
Lifestyles - City Life
Subject:
Riots
Subject:
Chaldren's factacn
Subject:
Neighborliness
Subject:
Situations / Violence
Subject:
Social Issues - Violence
Subject:
Lifestyles - City & Town Life
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Violence
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper, Picture
Series Volume:
13
Publication Date:
19990431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from K up to 4
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full-color illustrations
Pages:
36
Dimensions:
10 x 10 in 0.44 lb
Children's Book Type:
Picture / Wordless
Age Level:
03-08

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During a night of rioting in Los Angeles, fires and looting force neighbors--who have always avoided one another--to come together. David Diaz was awarded the Caldecott Medal for his bold acrylic paint and photo-collage illustrations.

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