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The Night is Singing Hardcover – May 18, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Dial (May 18, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803730047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803730045
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 9.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #763,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1–This perfect bedtime read captures the sounds of a creaky old house in the country as well as the noises outside. Vivid images evoke the contrast between the stormy fall night and the snug coziness indoors: Hear the hissing,/Soft as kissing,/From the radiator grate./Hear the chiming/ Tell-the-timing/Of the hall clock striking eight. Attractive, full-page folk-art illustrations that combine collage and oil paint on gessoed watercolor paper lend an old-fashioned charm to the rural scene and the comfort and security within.–Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY
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PreS-K. This atmospheric bedtime book offers a quiet celebration of nighttime sounds. At dusk in a picturesque country village, a little girl preparing for bed identifies after-dark creaks, rustles, and rumbles as "lullabies" sung by the night. Lilting verse in a second-person voice ("Up you go / Tippy-toe") invites children inside cozy domestic scenes, as the rocking-chair rhythms and soothing words demystify scary unknowns: "Hear the hissing / Soft as kissing, / From the radiator grate. . . . The house is singing lullabies." The text lacks a true story line, but it conveys a vivid sense of cocooning safety, unpunctured even in the wake of a "crashing" thunderstorm, and Brooker's distinctive collage-and-paint illustrations effectively juxtapose the bright farmhouse interiors with the increasingly dramatic outdoor scenes. Some of the verse imagery, such as one line involving a pet cat "shadowboxing with your nose," may not speak to children, but kids who harbor bedtime anxieties will gain courage from the notion of a night filled with friendly, serenading presences. Jennifer Mattson
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More About the Author

Jacqueline Davies is the talented author of both novels and picture books. Jacqueline lives in Needham, Massachusetts, with her three children.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JLA on January 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I first read this book after checking it out at the library with my 2 year old grandson. Since then, I have purchased it as part of a baby shower gift, and then purchased another one to keep at my house for reading to my grandchildren. Because the pictures feature a girl, you might think it unsuitable for boys, but we have found that's not so. The rythmn of the words and the beautiful pictures make it interesting for me as well as my grandsons. It is very calming and soothing, and a perfect way for a little one to wind down for a nap or nighttime. We love it!
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My poor kid. He loves this book but not as much as I love reading it. (He's gracious about hearing it every night because it's Mommy's favorite.) The text is a poem written to all the things on a stormy autumn night that are really the nights way of singing a lullaby. The evocative imagery and plain fun with the English language couple with a dramatic story arc through a storm that is intelligent and beautiful. So much fun to read aloud!
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By jamm on January 19, 2013
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Got this for my 5 year old daughter. She enjoys it and it settles her mind well for sleep. Love other works written by this author as well.
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