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The Sunset Switch
     

The Sunset Switch

by Kathleen V. Kudlinski, Lindy Burnett (Illustrator)
 

The Sunset Switch reveals the moment when daytime animals go to sleep and nighttime animals take over. Perfect as either a bedtime story or a wake-up book, this gorgeous picture book shows how the animal world takes turns. It also gives readers an exciting glimpse into the night.

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The Sunset Switch reveals the moment when daytime animals go to sleep and nighttime animals take over. Perfect as either a bedtime story or a wake-up book, this gorgeous picture book shows how the animal world takes turns. It also gives readers an exciting glimpse into the night.

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Children's Literature
As the sun slowly slips from the sky, day animals grow sleepy and night animals stir and awaken. It is time for "the sunset switch." Kudlinski pairs six animals such as the goshawk and the screech owl, both of whom search the forest for mice, and the snowy egret and the night heron, which search the swamp for "tasty swimmers." Burnett's bright gouache illustrations put each predator in its habitat inside a semi-circular frame, with the food being searched placed outside the frame. Careful eyes will find the animal paired in its counterpart's setting. There is lots of appeal in this book; obviously bidding the animals "good night" works as a bedtime theme, but there is so much more here. It is a careful exploration of the food chain, a peek into several habitats and their flora and fauna. The detailed paintings will invite youngsters to view and listen multiple times, most likely observing something new each time. 2005, NorthWood Press, Ages 3 to 7.
—Peg Glisson
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-As the sun slowly "slips from the sky," one set of animals settles down to sleep, and another group wakes to begin the search for food. Six pairs of creatures illustrate the change. For example, the swallow returns to its nest after a day of chasing mosquitoes, while the bat awakens to begin the insect pursuit. The snowy egret settles down to rest after "stalking the swamp for fish and frogs," while the night heron heads out to seek its breakfast. Kudlinski's exploration of the transition from day to night works well on several levels. Bidding various animals good night has obvious bedtime appeal for the youngest listeners. Older children might want to learn more about the creatures named in the text and featured prominently in the double-page paintings. The gouache illustrations provide plenty of visual appeal. Burnett even incorporates the opposite critter of the daytime/nighttime pair in the corresponding scene of its "partner." Borders showing the plants and animals that serve as the food source for each species surround the pictures. This attention to detail rewards repeated viewing and can keep older readers occupied while younger ones concentrate on bedtime basics.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559719162
Publisher:
Cooper Square Publishing Llc
Publication date:
05/28/2005
Series:
Picture Book Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,214,743
Product dimensions:
10.85(w) x 9.37(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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