The House in the Night

by Susan Marie Swanson and Beth Krommes

This “song about the starry dark” begins with a young girl arriving home... read more

This “song about the starry dark” begins with a young girl arriving home in the evening. The spare, cumulative story builds: “In the house burns a light. / In that light rests a bed.” On the bed is a book, and through the pages of the story the girl embarks on a journey of the imagination, soaring with a bird through the night sky before she returns to the warmth and comfort of home. Striking black-and-white scratchboard illustrations are punctuated by judicious washes of gold that radiate warmth. These form both a backdrop for and a complement to the lyrical text, which resonates with sounds and images to savor in a comforting yet surprising journey toward day’s end. (Ages 2–5)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2009

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