Silver Morning

Silver Morning

by Susan Pearson, David Christiana
     
 

On a silver morning thick with fog, a mother and child hike into the woods, hoping to glimpse the deer they love so much. They climb up hills and over fallen limbs, and they work their way along twisty paths, searching. Then they sit still, watching and waiting. But the deer are shy-the hikers will have to see them another day. Careful readers may be more fortunate

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On a silver morning thick with fog, a mother and child hike into the woods, hoping to glimpse the deer they love so much. They climb up hills and over fallen limbs, and they work their way along twisty paths, searching. Then they sit still, watching and waiting. But the deer are shy-the hikers will have to see them another day. Careful readers may be more fortunate, however, if they look closely enough at David Christiana’s ethereal illustrations.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Shalini Murthy
Two nature watchers are headed for the woods one morning to catch a glimpse of the deer. A thick fog has crept in and has cast a silver glow on everything around them. Will they be able to spot the deer after all? Beautiful watercolor illustrations and simile-rich text provide an almost dreamlike description of nature on a foggy day. A good book to help children examine similes and the ways in which authors use features such as these to add richness to their prose.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3Early on a foggy morning, two siblings creep into the fields and woods surrounding their house. Besides noticing all of the changes that fog creates in their visual landscape, the children seem to have ventured forth with a purpose: to spot a deer. This is not made clear until part way through the text, thus diminishing readers' role as coconspirators. When the final metaphor is established, that the deer and fog are alike, both quiet and shy, readers are left awkwardly pondering this idea along with the other rhetorical questions posed throughout the text. This distance, created by the story, is augmented by the illustrations. Although evocative and artistic in their own right, they don't support or clarify the text. While readers may try to discover the animals and curiosities suggested by the text, the illustrations literally keep them in a fog, vainly searching the page for evidence of the hidden activities. Pictures that were thus presumably meant to bask children in luminescent silver are instead opaque and monotonous. Even as the fog is lifted, the pictures still provide a stark and sketchy environment rendered now in rust rather than silver. While the language is literary and smooth with a poetic cadence much like that of Jane Yolen's Owl Moon (Philomel, 1987), the story of another clandestine journey, this book ultimately fails by remaining too inaccessible for its primary audience.Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI
Kirkus Reviews
Pearson's story is all atmosphere, and the mood is indigo. During an early morning in the country, fog dulls and deepens everything. Two siblings venture out into the pea-soup world, where their progress is measured by crisp and short sentencesþ"Beyond the trestle the woods begin We peer ahead into the tangled brush." The effect is a nice crunchiness amid all the opacity, although Pearson is overly fond of doubling up words: "Suddenly the fog is busy busy," "twisting twisting," "quiet quiet," and "silently silently we pass through the pines." The children hit all their favorite spots and then take up station in the silvery mist in hopes of seeing a deer. No such luck, but they are attentive to their landscape, even as the fog slips away before they notice. Pearson (Eagle Eye Ernie Comes to Town, 1990, etc.) invokes the otherworldliness of a dawn fog, and its way of infusing the familiar with elements that are remote and protected in the same stroke. Christiana's watercolor artwork is softly focused, but sharp lines define the setting and neatly skirt mawkishness. (Picture book. 5-7)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152747862
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
03/01/1998
Edition description:
1
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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David Christiana lives in Tucson, Arizona.

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