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The Longest Night Hardcover – August 1, 2009
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About the Author
Ted Lewin's career as an artist began with illustrations for adventure magazines, but over the last thirty-five years he has devoted all of his time to writing and illustrating children's books. "Look!", his first I Like to Read(R) book, won the Correll Book Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Informational Text." " He lives in New York.
Top Customer Reviews
"The night is long and long," says a chickadee./
"The sun is gone and gone./
If now crow or moose or fox, then who?/
Who can bring back the sun?"/
"You," says the wind. "Only you."/
This is a very poetic, gentle wintertime tale that walks the reader through the landscape and visits with some of its inhabitants, large and small. The artwork is gorgeous and captures the "dark" of the winter months. Between the artwork and the text I felt as if I were walking alone on snowshoes throw the woods. It captures the essence of the winter wood so exquisitely I could almost feel the crunch of the snow under my feet. This is a perfect book for those in snowy climates and a dream book for those who don't!
Marion's poetic text sings, evoking the rhythms found in the sights and sounds of nature's winter. Reflecting the traditional motif in ancient storytelling, the smallest hero is chosen by the wind: "'You," says the wind. "Only you." No one believes this little hero can bring back the sun. Somehow, this reluctant hero must find the courage to sing back the sun.
Ted Lewin uses watercolor masterfully to bring dimension and wonder to the story. Reflecting winter in the forest, he uses only three colors : blue, brown, and a special shade of green. Until, of course, the sun smiles, and then the final three pages light up - literally.
This book is an exceptional read aloud, especially for a cold winter's night!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The sun has gone down, and all the animals of the forest claim they will raise it with strength and cleverness, but it is only the little chickadee which can bring the sun back... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Dione Basseri
We originally found this book at our public library and after one reading our 3 yr old son loved it and asked for it over and over. Read morePublished on March 20, 2014 by K. Wilson
I loved this book. The illustrations are beautiful and the story is simple and elegant. I highly highly recommend it.Published on July 29, 2013 by Angela Turner
This is a wonderful story about hope. When the sun disappears, will it reappear? Seems only the chickadee has the answer.Published on January 2, 2013 by Kathy S.
As a children's librarian this book surprised me...I had not heard of it. I was looking for a good winter solstice book, and this is it. Read morePublished on December 15, 2012 by victoria