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By Day, By Night
     

By Day, By Night

by Amy Gibson, Meilo So (Illustrator)
 

This lyrical ode to humanity celebrates people all around the world as they do the same things in different ways, from morning to night: as we’re carried first, then toddle, then walk; as we learn to read and explore new worlds; as we wish or dream, laugh or cry, or even wonder why. This universal picture book is as profound as it is simple. A beautiful

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This lyrical ode to humanity celebrates people all around the world as they do the same things in different ways, from morning to night: as we’re carried first, then toddle, then walk; as we learn to read and explore new worlds; as we wish or dream, laugh or cry, or even wonder why. This universal picture book is as profound as it is simple. A beautiful sentiment to share at story time or bedtime, this book will touch children and adults alike.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/22/2014
Gibson’s (Catching Kisses) gently undulating verse pays tribute to the children of the world, who are portrayed in their homelands in scenes that highlight topographical and cultural distinctions, and in settings that underpin the universality of their daily experiences and emotions. (The opening image shows five children from diverse ethnic backgrounds yawning and stretching as they awaken in a sort of global bed with a sun motif on the blanket.) So’s (Water Sings Blue) illustrations gracefully balance scenarios grounded in specific places and moments with smaller images of children getting dressed in the morning, being swaddled and cared for by parents, and discovering the joy of reading (“We learn to read; books open doors/ to worlds we’ve never known before”). In one spread, a bustling Caribbean marketplace appears opposite a picture of an African woman crafting a toy zebra, while live ones graze behind her (“We buy and sell. We give and trade./ We offer what our hands have made”). The author is donating her proceeds from this poignant, understated book to the Global Orphan Project. Ages 3–7. Illustrator’s agency: Heflinreps. (Oct.)
From the Publisher

" . . . Globalism is the continued theme as So's lively pencil-and-watercolor vignettes show children from many countries engaged in typical activities . . . Delightfully free and imaginative, So's illustrations convey the global message in great depth, accompanied by Gibson's simple rhyming text. . . This unusual picture book will spark many questions from young children about the customs and lifestyles of their peers all over the globe." --Kirkus Reviews

"Simple but uplifting rhyming text recounts the commonalities shared in the lives of children around the world, from simple actions--wash, brush, dress, eat--to universal experiences--wish, dream, laugh, cry, look. . . " --School Library Journal

School Library Journal
07/01/2014
K-Gr 2—Simple but uplifting rhyming text recounts the commonalities shared in the lives of children around the world, from simple actions—wash, brush, dress, eat—to universal experiences—wish, dream, laugh, cry, look. "We've work to do and loads to bring,/and tales to tell and songs to sing." Watercolor illustrations are lovely, multicultural, and multifaceted, depicting not just positive notes of recreation and fun, but also quiet moments of comfort. Two different soccer games exemplify this, the first an informal one with a group of children joyfully playing in an empty lot next to a hilltop of houses, the second on a equipped field with just two uniformed boys needing and giving solace. Librarians will also appreciate how both the text ("We learn to read;/books open doors/to worlds/we've never known before) and the illustrations (a majority of the scenes features a child with a book) depict reading as an essential part of childhood.—Joanna K. Fabicon, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
2014-07-16
Designed as a fundraiser for The Global Orphan Project, and dedicated to "the millions of children who find themselves alone," this book tells the story of a typical day for children all over the world, from getting up to going to bed. Globalism is the continued theme as So's lively pencil-and-watercolor vignettes show children from many countries engaged in typical activities: waking, washing, dressing, eating and greeting. Different customs and approaches to life's many activities are skillfully depicted. Different ways of carrying an infant are illustrated; an Asian girl reads a book while riding a buffalo through a rice paddy; barefoot boys kick around a soccer ball in a South American city; a tiny African boy is gently held by his grandfather. Children are shown enjoying the changing seasons, from an African rainstorm to skating in Central Park. In spite of all the different ways children are brought up, they have in common the love of companions and their own hopes, dreams and curiosity. Delightfully free and imaginative, So's illustrations convey the global message in great depth, accompanied by Gibson's simple rhyming text. The challenge of depicting children from many different cultures without resorting to obvious stereotyping is successfully met. This unusual picture book will spark many questions from young children about the customs and lifestyles of their peers all over the globe. (Picture book. 5-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590789919
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
10/01/2014
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,249,831
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
120L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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Meet the Author

Amy Gibson is the author of three picture books: Around the World on Eighty Legs—a collection of animal poems; Split! Splat!—a young, rhythmic picture book; and Catching Kisses, a lyrical picture book about blowing and catching kisses. She wrote By Day, By Night after seeing a documentary about children orphaned by AIDS in Africa; she sees it as “a book about the children of the world for the children of the world.” She was an elementary school teacher before she became a writer. She lives with her husband and three children in Los Gatos, California. amygibson.com.

Meilo So was born in Hong Kong and studied in the United Kingdom, where she graduated from Brighton College of Art. She has illustrated many picture books, including perennial favorite The 20th Century Children's Poetry Treasury selected by Jack Prelutsky and Water Sings Blue by Kate Coombs, which received four starred reviews and won the 2013 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award. She lives in the Shetland Isles. meiloso.com.

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