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The House in the Night
by Susan Marie Swanson and Beth Krommes


Overview - 2009 Caldecott Medal Winner

A spare, patterned text and glowing pictures explore the origins of light that make a house a home in this Caldecott Medal-winningbedtime 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."
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Overview
2009 Caldecott Medal Winner

A spare, patterned text and glowing pictures explore the origins of light that make a house a home in this Caldecott Medal-winningbedtime 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."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780618862443
  • ISBN-10: 0618862447
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
  • Publish Date: May 2008
  • Page Count: 38
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-7


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Bedtime & Dreams

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 53.
  • Review Date: 2008-05-12
  • Reviewer: Staff

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. (May)

 
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