The Longest Night

Summary:

Winter's cold and dark is here. Each of the animals believes it is "the one" to bring back the sun. The wind is wiser and knows it is not about flying high into the sky or using strong antlers. It is the chickadee's song that will bring back the sun.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Soothing verse and beautiful illustrations make this a perfect bedtime story for a cold winter's night.

Content Awareness Factors:

None!


Little Kid Reaction

At first our daughter thought this "too babyish" for her. Then, as we kept reading, she settled in and snuggled close. When we finished reading, she picked up the book, looked at the illustrations slowly, and read it again.

Parent Reaction

This is a beautiful book - both words and images. It is not a rhyming story, but it has a soothing lyric like a lullaby. The colors exude the chill of the season, too.

Type of Book:
This is a story poem about the Winter Solstice
Educational Themes:

This is mostly a story to be shared. There is plenty to share in the illustrations of the animals, or you might also talk about how words can create feelings.

Reading Level:
2.3
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
7 to 10
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 6
Age of child:
Read with a 10-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a beautiful book that can be enjoyed by infants through early elementary years. I would buy it as a gift for new parents.

Title The Longest Night
Author Marion Dane Bauer
Publisher Holiday House © 2009
Illustrators Ted Lewin
ISBN 9780823420544
Material Hard Cover
Cost $17.95
Genres Poetry, Seasons
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