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Night in the Country Paperback – March 31, 1991


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 580L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (March 31, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689714734
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689714733
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 10 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

PW praised the "exceptionally beautiful illustrations" of this "remarkable picture book that sweeps the reader into the quiet, special world of a country night." Ages 4-7.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2 The pairing of Rylant and Szilagyi again results in a graceful blend of evocative prose and exquisite color-pencil drawings. Night in the Country explores the sights and sounds of the country's nighttime, from an apple falling to the ground"pump!"to a dog's chain clinking as the animal drinks water. Rich with nuances, the images and sounds evoked by the text have brought forth deeply shadowed drawings by the artist; likewise, the text will conjure up vivid imaginings in the minds of young children. The journey through nighttime fittingly concludes that night animals "will spend a day in the country listening to you." Each page invites children to look, listen and explore. Night in the Country is a welcome addition to that prized collection of rhythmic, soothing nighttime readings. Anne E. Mulherkar, formerly at District of Columbia Public Lib .
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

Cynthia Rylant is the author of numerous distinguished novels and picture books for young readers. In addition to her beginning-reader series: Henry and Mudge, Poppleton, and Mr. Putter and Tabby, as well as her Cobble Street Cousins early-chapter series, she is also the author of the Newbery Medal-winning Missing May, the Newbery Honor Book A Fine White Dust, and two Caldecott Honor-winning picture books.

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This is a really lovely book.
sunny swimmer
This book has a wonderful meter for reading aloud as a bedtime book and I would recommend it highly for anyone looking for a bedtime book for a young child.
Kathy
The illustrations are beautiful and the story is good.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
As in her book, "When I Was Young in the Mountains," Cynthia Rylant's "Night in the Country" paints a picturesque landscape of Appalachia. Warm country nights, cool breezes, fireflies and other common sights highlight this book. The art is beautifully calming.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By D. Lowery on August 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
An awesome, quiet book. Rylant appreciates the simple beauty of night time sounds, from a creaking house getting comfortable for rest to an old pig rolling over in the straw to a sleeping dog's chain clinking. All quiet sounds that deserve observation. What initially caught my eye was the reference to a screen door closing in the night and the wonder of who might be up that late--I have often thought about things like that and I appreciated someone else's observation of the same thing. And what sold me on the book is when my four-year-old, after several months of none-interest in the book suddenly asked if I would read this book so he could wonder too about the person whose screen door closed in the night--obviously, Rylant's poetry in her prose is endearing and indelible. Szilagyi's artwork is appropriate to the text, neither overwhelming or boring. She has a nice, sublte touch that complement's the poetry of the book. Highly recommended
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By "jasek" on July 7, 2001
Format: Paperback
I bought this title for Grandma to read to her Grandkids and decided to keep it for our home. This is an excellent portrait of what life really is like in the country: the blackness, the soft sounds, the swooping owl. A great find for parents to read to kids to follow up on a visit to a relative in the country.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kathy on December 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book has a wonderful meter for reading aloud as a bedtime book and I would recommend it highly for anyone looking for a bedtime book for a young child. The story is very calming and poetic, not a rhyming sing-song book but a wonderfully comforting weaving of words and illustration to help soothe little minds about the night noises they might hear. You do not have to live in the country to appreciate the descriptions of "the groans and squeaks that houses make" Enjoyable from the city to the fields and everywhere in between.

Cynthia Rylant's soothing rhythm and Mary Szilagyi's illustrations are a perfect fit.

My children aged 2 and 4 adore this book and request it frequently at bedtime.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on November 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
Night in the country is a beautiful work. I love the illustrations by Mary Szilaggi. It, like the title states, deals with night in the country, in particular, night sounds, which can, if a young child is not use to them, be a bit alarming. I have found this book quite useful with young grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends who are unfortunate enough to live in the city. When they visit, some of the sounds simply frighten them. After reading this book to them, we take them on night walks, slow walks through our trees and fields, listening and then identifying the sound they hear. This is fun and the fright soon leaves. The illustrations and the text of this work are quite simple and a joy to both the ear and they eye. Highly recommend this one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Scarlett O'Hara on December 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
Beautiful illustrations. Our grandsons moved to the city two years ago and now are afraid of the night sounds in the country. This book helped them lighten up.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By nclovely1 on November 26, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a good before-bedtime book. The illustrations are beautiful and the story is good. It keeps my five-year-old's attention well, and most books do not.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tina Wagner on May 12, 2007
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I love it! This picture book was a recommendation from an Amazon booklist; the description made me curious because we live in the country, too (in Australia).

The whole atmosphere of this book is wonderful - it quietly describes a dark country night to your child so gently that it takes away the childly fear of darkness and the creaking noises of an old country house at night! You can visualise the apple falling from the tree in the orchard, and I loved the mention of the squeaky screendoor from the neighbour's place as well. Except for the racoon (which I change into a wombat when I read it to my son) everything applies so much to anywhere country all over the world.

This book is a loving description of life in the country, and I recommend it for all parents who live on a rural property. I'd suggest from about 3 years of age if your child is worried about darkness or night sounds; but even our 9 months old son already loves the quiet mood of this book which helps him wind down and fall asleep really easy.
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