THE LONGEST NIGHT by Marion Dane Bauer and illustrated by Ted Lewin (Holiday House 2009)

August 27, 2009 at 6:07 pm Leave a comment

longestnightWinter has the world in its frozen grip. Stark trees are sparse-leafed and covered with snow. The silver moonlit landscape show bear, moose, mice, and crow, each attempting to get the sun to reappear. “Not you, not you”, sighs the wind. But tiny chickadee with his little dee-dee-dee song awakens the sun and thereby, sets the stage for spring. Lewin’s three-color palate (ultramarine blue, Van Dyke brown, and the green shade of Winsor blue), is a perfect accompaniment to Bauer’s spare poetry. Only after the sun appears is the dark earth transformed.

Picture Book,  Recommended- Reviewer: Lillian Hecker (Pelham)

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