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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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age 3-5, Pierce College Library
  SWong4512 | May 28, 2014 |
This book is about a naborhood that is going through a riot, after the people leave the streets the little boy is woken by his firghtened mother and the smell of smoke. They race out with the rest of the poeple from their building, but one thing is missing, the little boys cat.
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  kavy | May 24, 2014 |
Review: A book about a boy named Daniel that witnessed a riot. The community comes together to help each other out during the fires and mayhem that the riot caused.

Ages: 4-8

Source: Pierce ECE library
  DavidGriffin | May 18, 2014 |
Age: 4
Source: Ece classroom

Two people don't get along and there is a riot. when the two people each lose there cats they search to find them and the cats bring the two people together so they like each other again.
  desertstorm | May 16, 2014 |
I liked this book for many reasons. In my opinion, this enjoyable story carries a strong but obscure multicultural influence. The plot, revolving around a riot, offers a suspenseful twist as it reveals that Daniel and his Mama are forced to leave their apartment to escape a fire, and Daniel’s pet cat, Jasmine is left behind. Eve Bunting writes the story from the point of view of Daniel, the main character, and the writing includes a lot of dialogue as well as much insight into the thoughts of Daniel. “We see people from our building. They’re talking about who did this. What will happen to us? ‘It’s a sad, sad night,’ Mr. Jackson says. I ask him about Jasmine. He says he’s pretty sure he saw her. ‘She got out, Daniel,’ he tells me. I hope he’s not just trying to make me feel better.” The illustrator, David Diaz, has created some of the most unique illustrations I have seen in children’s literature. He paints highly textured images that contain an almost infinite color palette, as each illustration reflects the mood of the text on that page. He also incorporates photography and a torn-paper collage technique that adds even more texture to the illustrations. The big idea is that good things can come from unfortunate situations. ( )
  kbrash1 | May 13, 2014 |
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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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