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Night Lights Hardcover – April 7, 2000

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From Publishers Weekly

Schnur's (Spring: An Alphabet Acrostic) soothingly lyrical verses describe a girl's bedtime counting ritual. Beginning with the conch-shaped nightlight she sees in her room ("one seashell on the nursery wall,/ two amber blinking clocks"), the child observes the sources of light as she progresses through the house, then her neighborhood ("thirteen streetlamps light the park"), the city ("fourteen stoplights blink,/ fifteen towers scrape the sky") and the world beyond. The tally continues to 20, leaps to 50, 100 and finally "a thousand sparkling fireworks,/ one million twinkling stars!" The light that pierces the darkness in these pages offers reassurance that all is well. Schuett (Somewhere in the World Right Now) invents a softly muted backdrop of purples and mossy greens to show off the flicker of fireflies, "gleaming raccoon eyes" and "pond-reflected moons" that undulate in the ripples from a frog's leap. These ever-widening circles of textual and visual imagery create a sense of expansiveness that culminates in an explosion of fireworks and stars. Ages 3-up. (Apr.)
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Kindergarten-Grade 3-The first line of this counting book tells readers that, "Each night before she goes to bed,/Melinda counts the lights." After that, every other line rhymes as the little girl looks at the light sources within her home and out into an increasingly distant world as the numbers grow. The text is easy until children get to "nine" and must count pairs of raccoon eyes. Yet, when they count "twelve" headlights, it is the individual lamps, not pairs that are enumerated. Counting the 13 street lamps and 14 stoplights are simple but when viewers get to 15 skyscrapers, each tower has dozens of lighted windows. The 100 bars of lightning are virtually impossible to count as are the 1000 sparkling fireworks. However, this lovely picture book has much to offer despite its difficulties as a counting book. Schuett's beautiful illustrations are exceptionally well executed and appealing. The child and her cat are natural and engaging and the household conveys warmth. The outdoor scenes are vast and the lights are bright and prominent. The idea of a youngster thinking about the ever-widening parameters of her world is intriguing and well captured.
Marlene Gawron, Orange County Library, Orlando, FL
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Lexile Measure: 510L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); 1st edition (April 7, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374355223
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374355227
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 9.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,398,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Warm illustrations portraying the lights that can be seen at night. Great colors. Simple rhyming text with numbers 1-20 spelt out and in bold letters. Easy book for kids to count along with. From number 20 to number 50, 100, to 1000 to 1,000,000 twinkling stars. When children are learning to count, they begin counting everything. This is a terrific book to go along with your child learning to count from 1-20. After reading this book, look around the house with the child and ask them to count objects in the daytime, at night, out their window, while in the car, etc.
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