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Smoky Night Paperback – April 1, 1999
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The Los Angeles riots made author Eve Bunting wonder about what riots meant to the children who live through them -- and what we can all learn from such upheavals. She has written more than 100 books for children and young adults, including Night Tree and Summer Wheels, and many deal thoughtfully with difficult issues.
Smoky Night was the winner of the 1995 Caldecott Medal; an American Library Association Notable Children's Book; a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year; and a Parent's Choice Award. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
But I've always been very bothered by the "definition" of rioting: "It can happen when people get angry. They want to smash and destroy. They don't care anymore what's right and what's wrong." This is a misleading and inadequate definition. For one thing, millions of people get angry without rioting. Rioting is an expression of anger, yes, but most anger doesn't lead to rioting. And those who do riot do, in a broad sense, care about what's right and what's wrong socially. They may not care about what's legal or not, but they are very concerned with what they perceive as social or political injustices. I've always felt that this is a one-sided book, expressing sympathy for those people who are caught in the neighborhoods where riots take place, but expressing no sympathy at all for what makes some of their neighbors riot.
When the book begins, young Daniel and his mom are watching the people rioting in the street below. Daniel is confused by this, and rightly so. These people are taking an odd joy in what they do. Even as they destroy and steal they act happy with what they're doing. Says Daniel, "I've never heard anybody laugh the way they laugh". That night Daniel is woken up out of his bed by the shaking of his mother. The apartment building is on fire, and the boy cannot locate his pet cat Jasmine. In the panic he's forced to leave without her and stay in a shelter that night with his mom. Mrs. Kim, a neighbor of Daniel, is missing her cat as well. Suddenly a fire fighter enters the building, both cats under his arms. Where once the cats used to fight one another, now there is a bond between them. A similar attempt to make peace with Mrs. Kim ends with pleasing results.
The story doesn't strike you as particularly moving at first. You need to read it and digest it a while to get the full flavor of the text. When I first read through the tale I felt disappointed. A little let down. Then I thought about what I read and went back to it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Smoky Night is a historical fictional book centered on the 1992 LA Riots. The story takes place in a home where a little boy and his mother are watching the rioters outside. Read morePublished 7 months ago by caoimhe mckeon
Wonder if this woman ever felt she needed to riot. The story could have been told through an event like a hurricane and not a riot. Read morePublished 8 months ago by denise thevenot
Illustrations are breathtaking. Story developed through the eyes of a child. My class was mesmerized.Published 9 months ago by Nick L Lewis
This book is just awful.
It promotes racism and divisiveness while glorifying rioting and vadalism. Read more
My 1st grade son brought this book home from the library at school...he loves cats and the picture on the front drew him to the book. Read morePublished 19 months ago by April
This book was a great read for my 5th grade classroom. It sparked great conversations among my students. Read morePublished 21 months ago by michelle barnes
It seems there are riots all the time, now. And, while their sources are understandable to adults, children will be very confused about what is happening to their neighborhoods. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Dione Basseri