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Smoky Night by Eve Bunting

Smoky Night (edition 1999)

by Eve Bunting, David Diaz (Illustrator)

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Title:Smoky Night
Authors:Eve Bunting
Other authors:David Diaz (Illustrator)
Info:Sandpiper (1999), Paperback, 36 pages
Collections:HSU Children's Center, Your library

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Smoky Night by Eve Bunting



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I very much so enjoyed reading Smoky Night. The descriptive language and the illustrations in Smoky Night made it an enjoyable read. Diaz was very descriptive in describing the setting in Smoky Night, especially when she wrote, "Smoke drifts, light as fog. I see the distant flicker of flames." and "...sky is hazy orange." The illustrations in Smoky Night are normal illustrations but rather more abstract. They do a good job of showcasing the culture of the city in Smoky Night and set the tone of the story. The message of Smoky Night is that regardless of obvious differences, people can still find something in common. ( )
  tpuryear | Sep 14, 2015 |
This book is captivating and can be used as an educational text especially with the riots that happened throughout this year. I enjoyed this book because it pushes readers to think about tough issues that have and will potentially continue occurring throughout their lives. The illustrations intensify the text on each page and the events occur at a steady pace.

This book starts off with the main character interpreting the riots happening outside of his house. The way his mom responds to his concern allows the reader to understand that riots are something that can happen when problems arise that are not being addressed according. Some students have experienced this in their own neighborhoods while others watched it happen on T.V therefore this book puts into perspective the emotions that come along with witnessing an event like this. The illustrations tie in nicely with the text and portray the main concept on each page. For example, when the main character talks about the convenient store that is getting vandalized the picture to the right of the text shows the event happening and the left side of the page has different items that are sold in the store surrounding the text. It is interesting how the characters are all blue so readers cannot determine the race. Since there are a variety of smaller events that tie in with the main concept it is helpful that the events in this book occur at a steady pace so readers can comprehend the storyline.

Race is a big factor in this story. Readers should understand that race should never be a reason to dislike another individual. The big message in the story is to learn to be open-minded and accept others for who they are. Setting aside differences and finding a common ground will promote peace and unity amongst all walks of life. ( )
  XiomaraGonzalez | Sep 13, 2015 |
Awards: Caldecott Medal
Illustrations: Acrylic Painting
Age Group: 5-10
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  a.coote | Jun 5, 2015 |
Great book to use to teach diversity and urban violence across the world.
  NiinaMariie | May 11, 2015 |
Pre-K- 3. This book can be used to demonstrate author illustrations as a type of art technique. Also what the author's purpose is by focusing on this particular time and the riots.
  Gamino | Apr 29, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0152018840, Paperback)

This is a story about cats -- and people -- who couldn't get along until a smoky and fearful night brings them together.

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.

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Daniel and his mother look out of their window at the smoky night below. There are looters on the street, fires in the distance. Daniel clutches his cat, Jasmine. But later, when they're forced to leave the apartment building, Jasmine can't be found. Mrs. Kim's cat is missing too. Where are they? They can't be with each other. Those cats don't get along...This story is about cats and people who couldn't get along until a night of rioting brings them together. Winner of Caldecott medal, 1995. When the Los Angeles riots break out in the streets of their neighborhood, a young boy and his mother learn the values of getting along with others no matter what their background or nationality.… (more)

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