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The House in the Night

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  • Posted December 20, 2010

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    Broken e-book

    I wouldn't recommend buying this for your Nook Color yet, it doesn't work properly for me and the file clearly wasn't converted properly.

    Don't take a chance on a corrupted version, if you loved this childhood book, buy a hard copy for now.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

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    The House in the Night

    If anyone hasn't seen this yet, or is still in search of a copy, it is truly beautiful. Of course, for my little dreamers, the best part was the child flying into the night sky on the bird who flew out of the book. I enjoyed the small details; the tiny, delicate deer on the hill, the miniature laundry hanging out to dry, the teeny whale tail peeking out of the ocean on the far, far left of the drawing. This artist was in love with this work. I think your children will be too.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2009

    Beautiful, But Not A Favorite

    This is definitely a beautifully illustrated book, and my 22 month old son enjoys the book. However, he does not find the story that engaging and prefers more to look at the detailed illustrations and pick out and name objects. There is TONS of detail in this book. Unfortunately, because the story has not yet gotten his attention, this is not one of the first choices at bedtime or other story times. He enjoys some of the other more complex storybooks we own, but I'm still hoping he grows into this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2009

    Caldecott Winner a soaring success

    Many children dream of soaring from their bedroom windows and viewing the night time world from above. The 2009 Caldecott Medal winner will take your child on such a journey.
    The House in the Night written by Marie Swanson and illustrated by Beth Krommes is an enticing book for young children and one every parent should add to their child's library.
    The book is written in a cumulative pattern. Each detail builds upon the detail before. The pattern is also circular. The child is taken on a night time journey on the wings of a bird and returned safely back to bed at the end of the story.
    The simple prose will have preschoolers telling parents the story once it has been memorized. Short sentences will keep the attention of young fidgety readers with short attention spans. The story will spark the imagination
    The book is attractively illustrated with pencil drawings that feature highlights in bright gold. The color stands out against the black and white background of the night time world.
    This book will be popular with children because the contrast in gold, black and white on the cover draws attention. Very young children will like the simple illustrations, and even babies will be attracted by the use of contrast. Preschoolers will enjoy finding the details in the illustrations.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2009

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    A masterpiece for children

    Based off of a beloved children's book or yore called "This is the Key of the Kingdom" in which the same cyclical nature of the narrative takes place, Swanson seeks to replicate the way the story looks and feels with her own book as well as expound upon it. The book starts out by stating simply, "Here is the key to the house," and builds from there. There is no rhyming, as is typical of poetry directed at this age group, but despite that, there is a poetic quality to the writing. The book begins and ends with the same type of thoughts, "the house in the night, a home full of light" but throughout the middle, the child is taken on a wonderful journey with the moon as she ushers in night in the city, creating a fantasy element out of the mystery of the moon and dreams. The writing itself is simple and easy to follow, definitely aimed toward the 1-5 age group as an illustrated children's book, but the illustrations are beautiful and enrapturing. Unquestionably, this is a young children's book, but I believe that because of the unique quality of the illustrations, readers of any age can enjoy and be inspired by it to create their own art and writing that will add to the human dialogue and culture. I recommend this text to all readers for it's artistic merit, but specifically to ages 1 - 5. -Lindsey Miller, lindseyslibrary

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2012

    Comfort in the Night

    The House in the Night is a picture book that is intended to comfort preschoolers by naming nighttime things that a young child will find interesting. Some of the comforting items are a key for safety, a light to keep away the darkness, a bed for snuggling in, and a book for reading. The book also depicts a moon, a night owl, and a home in the light. Children will find this book reassuring in the night because it offers an illuminated order to the universe. This picture book received the Caldecott Medal in 2009 for it’s beautiful scratchboard art illustrations in black, white and gold. These pictures along with the rhyming pattern will help put any preschool age child to sleep.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2012

    Hi

    Its a poem

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  • Posted October 10, 2009

    The house in the night,outstanding illustrations

    Actually I purchased this book for a more selfish reason the Illustration was done by a cousin of mine , she has received several awards for her drawings and has illustrated 10 childrens books that I know of Her name is Beth Krommes. I will say I've been able to get all of her books that she illustrated at barnes & nobel.
    Robert E Lewis

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  • Posted March 28, 2009

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    The House in the Night

    Swanson, S.M. (2008). The House in the Night. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company.

    0618862447

    This gentle poem was inspired by the classic nursery rhymes collected by the Opies in the 1950s. And it has that old-school feel. So do the illustrations, which, while mainly black and white, also feature the intentional use of yellow. The text is warm, attempting to create a sense of home. But the illustrations do have a decidedly rural feel.

    The objects and illustrations mentioned and shown in the text are interconnected and come full-circle, allowing new readers to begin to develop meaning and connections. Plus the rhythm of the lines will appeal to young readers. It has a similar feel to Wood's The Napping House (1984).

    This is the 2009 Caldecott winner.

    Activities to do with the book:

    Students could write their own poems or create their own illustrations in response to the book. This is a great book to have new readers follow along with using their finger or to read aloud for the first time.

    Children could also be asked tentatively why certain objects and creatures are yellow or how all of the pages are interconnected.

    This would be a good bedtime read.


    Favorite Quotes:

    "Here is the key
    to the house."

    "The house in the night,
    a home full of light."

    For more of my reviews, visit sjkessel.blogspot.com.

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