Night Light: A Story for Children Afraid of the Dark

Night Light: A Story for Children Afraid of the Dark

by Jack Dutro, Kenneth Boyle
     
 

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Fear of the dark is a common experience that most people outgrow. Parents know that the fear usually stops. but children often don't. This delightful and inventive story helps children use their imagination to change images of fear to images of interest, fun, and comfort.See more details below

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Fear of the dark is a common experience that most people outgrow. Parents know that the fear usually stops. but children often don't. This delightful and inventive story helps children use their imagination to change images of fear to images of interest, fun, and comfort.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-- A well-meaning, but fragmented, attempt to allay children's fears. Dutro utilizes the technique of metaphor to create a subterranean miniature world in which the Woodlet child, Kalispel, is afraid of the light of day. His friend convinces him to face this fear and they ``find the light at the end of the tunnel . . .'' The concept and psychology are sound, but the story meanders in its flowery language and forced message. The introduction of a human child at story's conclusion creates a confusing distraction that detracts from the magic. Boyle's black-and-white pen drawings are quaintly curious, but lack the vigor necessary to capture and hold the attention of young children. Stay with Robert Crowe's Clyde Monster (Dutton, 1987), Alison Coles's Michael in the Dark (EDC , 1985), Barbara Mossman's The Night Lion (Houghton, 1991), and Joanna Stubbs's With Cat ' s Eyes You'll Never Be Scared of the Dark (Andre Deutsch, 1983; o.p.). --Celia A. Huffman, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Cleveland

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780945354383
Publisher:
American Psychological Association
Publication date:
01/28/1991
Series:
Books to Help Children Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
920,785
Product dimensions:
7.44(w) x 8.43(h) x 0.11(d)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

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Jim Cole
Dr. Dutro has shared meanings and created images that will be valuable in relieving the fears and stresses of many children. He has woven a delightful story and a process of change into one enjoyable unit. Many night lights will take on a new desirable and therapeutic meaning as a result of this book. (Jim Cole, ED.D. Psychologist in private practice and author of seven books)
Ben Larson
This imaginative, beautifully written book offers children a comforting perspective on fear of the dark. Dutro has appealed to children's fantasy and adventure to help them overcome fear. (Ben Larson, Ph.D. Director, Old Mill School, Inc. Corvallis, Oregon)

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