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 preschoolersand#8212;a key, a bed, the moonand#8212;this timeless book illuminates a reassuring order to the universe.
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 . . .
Emma Peabody, June 6, 2012 (view all comments by Emma Peabody)
Gorgeous, rich illustrations and beautiful words make this a stunning picture book for children and adults alike. Showing the spirals in many plants, animals, and forces of the world, this book cultivates awe and love of life. Highly recommended!
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"This is one of those rare children's books that make you look at the physical world differently. 'A spiral is a clever shape. It is graceful and strong,' writes Newbery Honor artist Sidman (Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night), as she and Caldecott Medalist Krommes (The House in the Night) explore spirals found in nature. A spiral, Sidman decides, is nature's elegant solution in many respects: 'It fits neatly in small places' (hence the sleeping position of burrow-dwelling animals), it offers protection and strength (the defensive curl of the porcupine), and it provides firm grasps (monkey's tail, elephant's trunk). But beyond these utilitarian advantages, spirals are beautiful — whether we see in them hints of infinity, the promise of unfolding potential, or the embodiment of mathematical perfection. This feast for thought is a visual banquet, as well: working in her signature scratchboard style and employing a gorgeous burnished palette, Krommes creates spiral-packed nature scenes that have a timeless, classic beauty. Whether she's portraying a tiny curled eastern chipmunk or a classic funnel tornado, it's clear that nature isn't the only master at work. Ages 4 — 8." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
In this companion to the classic concept book Mouse Paint, three mice learn about shapes, creativity, and cooperation.
Grandmother Winter lives all alone with her snow-white flock of geese. All through the spring, summer, and fall, Grandmother Winter tends her geese and gathers their feathers. Why? To bring snowfall as soft as feathers and bright as a winter moon. To the woodland and all of its creatures, the arrival of winter is a gift.
A little mouse humorously introduces readers to ten two-dimensional shapes, starting with the simplest. He bends a stick into a circle, oval, rectangle, trapezoid, and so on, showing how each shape can be stretched, pulled, or pushed into another.
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