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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Simply Read Books (April 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897476418
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897476413
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #814,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Caroline grew up on a Peace River homestead, went on to UBC to earn a B.A. and Teacher's Certificate, worked, studied and travelled in Canada, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Europe, and the UK. She then earned a Diploma in Creative Writing from David Thompson University Centre in Nelson. She began her writing career with a weekly column in the Alaska Highway News for two years while still in high school and has since published poetry, non-fiction essays and journalism, short and long fiction, stage and radio plays, and children's literature. She has written five books for adults and two for children, so far. After working a great variety of white, pink and blue collar jobs, Caroline is now writing nearly full-time and working as a relief lightkeeper, based on Lennard Island Lightstation near Tofino, British Columbia, Canada.

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An interesting, well told story and the illustrations were great also.
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By reading this story, children can see a strategy for dealing with difficulties in a positive way and will see fortitude modeled in a lovely way.
Debnance at Readerbuzz
"The cattle block the road ahead. / The bull is munching hay. / I softly sing to calm myself / and plan the safest way."
E. R. Bird

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on December 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The range of different going to school books varies wildly. This is understandable. After all, the act of attending school is one of the first moments of autonomy a child experiences. This is particularly true in parts of the world where children are trusted to get themselves to school without the constant hovering aid of their parental units. In America, much of the school year takes place when the days are short and nights are long. As such, "Singing Away the Dark" presents a going-to-school concept that I've not seen really done before. In this case, the fear of going to school isn't what the child will encounter once there. It's about the journey just to get to the bus itself. The fear in this book is far deeper than just a mere anxiety over classmates and teachers. It's fear of the dark and what it holds and hides, and how one small child can make that fear go away by simply putting her fears to song.

"When I was six and went to school, / I walked a long, long way . . . / I leave my house, so nice and warm, / on a windy winter's day." A country girl takes off one day on her regular trip across a wooded snowy mile in order to reach the school bus. The problem? The darkness of the pre-dawn is more than a little frightening. Fortunately the girl has learned that if she sings loud and strong her fears will go away. That doesn't mean that there aren't other things to watch out for as well (bulls, etc.) but in the end she sees the safe lights of the school bus ahead and she's made it for another day.

Ms. Woodward's story appears to come from her own youth of growing up in British Columbia's Peace River region.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Debnance at Readerbuzz on December 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The brave main character of this little tale tells the story of her mile-long walk to the school bus stop each morning. She meets many perils, including walking in the darkness, through the forest, among many dangerous animals. But she doesn't allow herself to be afraid; instead, she sings the dark away.

It is revealed in the information about the author that she actually did walk a mile each morning to the bus stop. By reading this story, children can see a strategy for dealing with difficulties in a positive way and will see fortitude modeled in a lovely way.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Ironside on December 15, 2011
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"Singing Away the Dark" is one of the most beautifully crafted picture books I have ever read. It has such a timeless quality to it, it's hard to believe it was only just published in 2010, rather than being a long-time classic.

The story follows an imaginative six-year-old girl walking through the woods one winter morning to reach her school bus. She overcomes many obstacles along the way - a barbed wire fence, a creepy forest, a bull munching hay and howling winds. But by singing to herself, she gains the courage she needs to overcome them.

As I grew up in the countryside, this book really resonated with me. The words and the illustrations perfectly captured the simple joys that exploring fields and forests can bring. I felt like I was travelling back in time to a world I had almost forgotten about, and for that I am thankful for this book.

I give "Singing Away the Dark" 5 out of 5 footprints in the newly fallen snow.

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By Joy S on January 10, 2014
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Another book to read with my granddaughter. My grandson liked it as well. An interesting, well told story and the illustrations were great also.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dad of 1 on January 9, 2013
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The book is gorgeous but the story is boring. Love the picture of the Mom, blue jeans! I gave it as a gift though.
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