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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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Grade level 1-4 This books talks about the child’s view of urban violence. A young boy and his mother are forced to flee their apartment during a night of rioting the neighbors who have always avoided one another come together in the face of danger and concern for their missing pets. I think this book would help students realize that working together as a team regardless of our differences will always work better than doing everything alone.
  RosaJuarez | Mar 28, 2017 |
Summary: When the Los Angeles riots break out in the streets of their neighborhood, a young boy and his mother learn the value of getting along with others no matter what their background or nationality.
Critique of Genre: Realistic Fiction
Age: Intermediate and middle school
Media: Mixed media, acrylic and watercolor ( )
  Morrowm | Mar 9, 2017 |
One night during the riots in Los Angelas, a young boy and his mother are forced to evacuate their apartment. The rioters have set the apartment on fire and neighbors, who have long avoided each other, come together to find their missing pets.
  EllieDowns | Feb 22, 2017 |
This book could be used for a variety of grade levels in an elementary school such as first, second, third and fourth. The plot of the story might be too aggressive for younger ages. With this book you can discuss many things such as the Jim Crow laws and Martin Luther Kind Jr. based on the diversity that was mentioned between the different races and ethnicities. You can discuss the powerful illustrations found in the book to symbolize the different emotions at different times. You can also discuss other hard times the United States faced such as the Great Depression and make connections between people being desperate for survival then and the reason why people might have been rioting in the book.
  apecaro01 | Feb 21, 2017 |
This book could be used in a 2nd grade class for a narrative writing activity. Students could connect to the story in thinking about a time they were frightened and write about it in narrative form. Students could also write about their own fears and share/discuss them with each other. This book could be used with a 5th grade class in a social studies lesson. Students can find newspaper clippings about current riots/conflicts in today’s day and time, and summarize them in their own words. They can then bring their current events into class for discussion and comparing them to the riot in the story.
  kkminime | Feb 20, 2017 |
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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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:15:33 -0400)

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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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