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Taiko on a Windy Night Hardcover – May 15, 2001

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From School Library Journal

K-Gr 3-A young girl opens her door and lets her cat out to wander the neighborhood at night, and readers follow Taiko as he pounces on leaves, climbs a tree, encounters various creatures, and chases a field mouse. The vivid pastel illustrations beautifully express this dark, windy night. The shadows, the full moon, and the muted lights in the windows of houses help to create the nighttime mood. Readers will be able to feel the wind blowing as they turn the pages and experience the feline's enjoyment of his freedom.

Karen Scott, Valley Intermediate School, Pelham, AL

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Ages 6-8. "The wind cried adventure. The Moon shone mystery." How could a cat--or anyone--resist that siren call? One late night, little Taiko scampers away from the porch lights into the deceptively quiet darkness: to walk a fence, play with windblown leaves and pieces of paper, visit the beagle next door, hiss at a strange dog, then, finally, sit and wash himself beneath a bush until his young keeper comes to fetch him back inside. The moon riding high overhead gives Kiesler's deserted suburban setting plenty of deep, tantalizing shadows, and Derby's poetic text sets just the right tone for this atmospheric nighttime excursion. John Peters
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1st edition (May 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080506401X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805064018
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,861,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've always lived in Ohio, and my life was pretty quiet until I had my first son. Things became a little noisier with a baby around, and when he was followed by four younger brothers and then a sister, the house became noisier still. Just when I was thinking that life was about to settle down, two foster sons joined us, and later, three foster daughters. They are all grown now, so the house is quiet usually -- until the grandchildren, and now a great-grandchild too, come visit! I figure that after 55 years of marriage and all those children, I have enough story ideas to keep me busy for the rest of my life. I love to hear from readers who like my books. Have fun reading!

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin K. Potter on July 26, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book answers the child's question, "Where does kitty go when we let him out at night?" The book is illustrated wonderfully in dark colors, and the text is appropriate to those illustrations.
My only concern is that the book might be a little scary for younger readers or listeners. Taiko, the cat, goes on some rather realistic adventures, including staring down a strange dog and dodging a car on the street. You won't want a young child worrying excessively about the family pet, so be sure and read over it yourself beforehand. It's a great read for the right audience otherwise.
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By Phebe A. Watson on June 10, 2015
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This book is a treasure!! I used it when I was teaching ESL students as an example of a "small moment" story. It also has an incredible variety of "vivid verbs" describing the movements of Taiko and of the other animals he encountered during his evening stroll.
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By j.g.r. on January 9, 2015
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Lovely story. Perfect good-night book. Wonderful illustrations. I am very choosy about what my children read. This is a wholesome book. Written in a sort of poetic (not rhyming) writing style.
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