No Star Nights

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When I was little, we couldn't see the stars in the nighttime sky because the furnaces of the mill turned the darkness into a red glow." So begins the beautifully told and illustrated No Star Nights. This book recollects growing up in a steel-mill town—with its memorable sights and sounds, sometimes glorious and sometimes frightening. Life was marked by the shifts the fathers worked at the mill, and vacation pay, which meant "Christmas in July." Special summer days included baseball games in Pittsburgh. A child's...
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Overview

When I was little, we couldn't see the stars in the nighttime sky because the furnaces of the mill turned the darkness into a red glow." So begins the beautifully told and illustrated No Star Nights. This book recollects growing up in a steel-mill town—with its memorable sights and sounds, sometimes glorious and sometimes frightening. Life was marked by the shifts the fathers worked at the mill, and vacation pay, which meant "Christmas in July." Special summer days included baseball games in Pittsburgh. A child's insightful memory of the past.

WINNER 1990 - IRA Children's Book Award for Younger Readers

A young girl growing up in a steel mill town in the 1950s describes her childhood and how it was affected by the local industry.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
PW likened this book about childhood in a steel-mill town to an ``oral history'' enhanced by ``richly textured and subtly shaded paintings.'' Ages 3-8. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781891852824
  • Publisher: Quarrier Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2012
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 814,674
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Johnson was born in White Bear Lake, Minnesota and earned a B.F.A. in illustration from the School of Associated Arts in St. Paul, Minnesota. Steve's stunning illustrations have been seen in many magazines, but it was not until Knopf asked him to illustrate No Star Nights in 1989 that he began his career as a children's book illustrator. Since then, Steve and his wife Lou Fancher has collaborated on the illustrations and design on a number of notable children's books.  They are currently among the most sought after of children's book artists.  Steve and Lou fell in love with the My Many Colored Days manuscript at first sight, seeing in it an unusual opportunity to create something that is at once both childlike and sophisticated.

Steve and Lou currently reside in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  

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