The Los Angeles riots made author Eve Bunting wonder about what riots meant to the children who live through them -- and what we can all learn from such upheavals. She has written more than 100 books for children and young adults, including Night Tree and Summer Wheels, and many deal thoughtfully with difficult issues.
Smoky Night was the winner of the 1995 Caldecott Medal; an American Library Association Notable Children's Book; a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year; and a Parent's Choice Award. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
It's pictures vividly illustrate burning buildings which brings the book to life.
Illustrator David Diaz used bold, thick acrylics on textured papers to illustrate the different scenes and then photographed those images for the book.
This book opens the floor up for introducing children to the Los Angeles riots and a discussion on racial prejudice.
My 1st grade son brought this book home from the library at school...he loves cats and the picture on the front drew him to the book. Read morePublished 18 days ago by April
This book was a great read for my 5th grade classroom. It sparked great conversations among my students. Read morePublished 2 months ago by michelle barnes
It seems there are riots all the time, now. And, while their sources are understandable to adults, children will be very confused about what is happening to their neighborhoods. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dione Basseri
It's important for children to read about difficult life issues in an age appropriate manner. I think this book helps.Published 10 months ago by T. Johnson
I bought this to read to 9th graders to go along with the 7 Habits of Effective Teens 6th Habit synergy. The students had a good discussion and liked the story and its messagePublished 23 months ago by Jenny Prichard
The story starts off with a young boy and his mother are witnessing the riots on their street where they live. Daniel and his mom are awakened by a scary situation. Read morePublished on March 4, 2013 by Samantha
This book is well-written and teaches a good, very important moral, while also teaching about an important event in history.Published on January 4, 2013 by Angela