At Night

by Jonathan Bean

A small girl lies awake while the rest of her family sleeps, listening to the sound... read more

A small girl lies awake while the rest of her family sleeps, listening to the sound of their breathing until a breeze calls her out of bed and up to the roof of her building. Looking out at the city and thinking about what lies beyond, “She looked up, breathed, closed her eyes . . . and slept.” Illustrator Jonathan Bean makes his first foray into writing with a picture book that is intimate in feel and expansive in scope as a child draws comfort from the wider world around her. The changing pace of his skillful narrative suggests both the unease of lying awake and the lull of the breeze the child finds so enticing. Soothing as a lullaby, Bean’s story is enriched by warm illustrations that offer engaging details of the child’s home and family, as well as tender reassurance in the presence of her mother, who has awoken and follows the girl, unnoticed, on her nighttime foray. Honor Book, 2008 Charlotte Zolotow Award (Ages 3–7)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2008

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