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Light Up the Night Hardcover – October 11, 2011
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About the Author
Jean Reidy (www.jeanreidy.com) is a freelance writer whose articles and essays have appeared in more than fifty publications, including FamilyFun and The Christian Science Monitor. Her first two picture books, Too Pickley! and Too Purpley!, were both published by Bloomsbury USA and illustrated by Genevieve Leloup. She lives in Denver with her husband and four children.
Margaret Chodos-Irvine (www.chodos-irvine.com/index.cfm) is the illustrator of several books for children, including Buzz, an ABA Pick of the Lists and a Los Angeles Times Book Review Best Book of the Year, and her own Caldecott Honor Book Ella Sara Gets Dressed. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband and two daughters.
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Margaret Chodos-Irvine would not have been my choice for illustrator, but by the time I'd finished the book I'd found delight in her vibrant graphics. This is one of those reassuring, bed-time books to keep on hand when children are young and vulnerable and night fears creep up.
that explains a boy's spot in the big universe, as the boy prepares for bed.
"This is my country, with highlands and plains,
with farmlands and cities and highways and trains.
It sits on my continent, far and wide,
which kisses an ocean on either side,
on half the Earth,
which circles the sun,
which hides its face when the day is done,
while stars glow bright
and light up the night."
A gentle story, perfect for a bedtime read.