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The Longest Night Hardcover – August 1, 2009
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About the Author
Ted Lewin grew up in an old frame house in Buffalo, New York, with two brothers, one sister, two parents, a lion, an iguana, a chimpanzee, and an assortment of more conventional pets. The lion was given to his older brother, Don, while he was traveling as a professional wrestler, and he shipped it home. The family kept Sheba in the basement fruit cellar until Don returned and their mother convinced him to give it to the Buffalo zoo.
Ted always knew he wanted to be an illustrator. As a child he copied the work of illustrators and painters he admired, including N. C. Wyeth, Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Velazquez, and Goya. When it came time to go to art school (Pratt), he needed to earn money to finance his education. So, following in his brother s footsteps, he took a summer job as a wrestler -- the beginning of a 15-year part-time career that eventually inspired his autobiographical book I Was a Teenage Professional Wrestler. Ted s career as an artist began with illustrations for adventure magazines, and it s only over the last several years that he has devoted his time to writing and illustrating children s books. "I m having more fun doing this than anything I ve ever done before," he says. He is an avid traveler, and many of his books are inspired by trips to such places as the Amazon River, the Sahara Desert, Botswana, Egypt, Lapland, and India. His Market!, published in 1996, showcases markets around the world, from Uganda to Ireland to Ecuador.
Touch and Go is a collection of stories about the adventures Ted had while researching his books. Gorilla Walk is his first collaboration with his wife, Betsy, and is about their trek to see the mountain gorillas in Uganda. They ve just completed their second collaboration, Elephant Quest, set in the Okavango Delta of Botswana. Ted s current project is about a Civil War drummer boy.
Ted and Betsy live in Brooklyn, New York, where they share their home with two cats, Slick and Chopper.
Marion Dane Bauer is the author of many books for young readers, including the Newbery Honor book "On My Honor" and the "New York Times" bestseller "My Mother Is Mine". Her other titles include "A Mama for Owen", " If You Were Born a Kitten", " Grandmother s Song", and"Thank You for Me!" She has retired from the faculty of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults where she was the first Faculty Chair. She lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and can be reached at MarionDaneBauer.com.
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 18 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