Flashlight

Flashlight

by Betsy James, Stacey Schuett
     
 

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Waking up in the dark at Grandpa's house can be scary—the door in the hallway looks like a cave, and that noise could be a bear. Lucky for Marie, the bear is really Grandpa, who's come to offer some reassurance and a flashlight that will make the dark house a lot less spooky. The beam of the flashlight makes the shadows disappear, reveals familiar objects, and… See more details below

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Waking up in the dark at Grandpa's house can be scary—the door in the hallway looks like a cave, and that noise could be a bear. Lucky for Marie, the bear is really Grandpa, who's come to offer some reassurance and a flashlight that will make the dark house a lot less spooky. The beam of the flashlight makes the shadows disappear, reveals familiar objects, and illuminates the moths and mosquitoes dancing against the screen door. From the warmth of its light comes a newfound strength—suddenly even bears can be tamed, and one little girl's fear of the dark melts away. Stacey Schuett's vibrant illustrations perfectly capture the mood of this bedtime adventure as well as the special bond between a child and her wise grandpa.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
When Marie becomes frightened spending the night trying to sleep in her grandparents' living room, her understanding Grandpa brings her a flashlight to chase away the scary darkness. She finds many creative ways to explore a once threatening environment, in this simple, but satisfying picture book. Imaginative paintings emphasize the contrast between light and darkness, while at the same time, show a reassuringly cozy couch made into a bed, that she shares with her younger sister.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2James successfully captures a common childhood fear in this story of Marie, who is spending the night in her grandfather's living room. As the child worries about strange smells and shadows, her understanding grandfather gives her a flashlight of her own. Besides its usefulness in illuminating dark corners, it provides Marie with a sense of power. She becomes "queen of the night world" in control of shadows and moths and light and dark. Finally comforted, she drifts off to sleep holding her trusty friend. Schuett's illustrations blend with the text beautifully to reflect the dark and dreamlike mood, lifted by the addition of the flashlight's beam. White text on black pages contributes to the nighttime ambiance. The feeling of autonomy is well portrayed in Marie's joyous stance. As in her Mary Ann (Dutton, 1994), James takes a problem and adroitly sheds light on a suitable solution.Anne Knickerbocker, Cedar Brook Elementary School, Houston, TX

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679979708
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
12/02/1997
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.37(w) x 10.32(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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