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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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This book represents a true look into history from the childs point of view. The illustrations of this book are absolutely amazing and the end is not to be missed. Truly one of those books that puts a microscope onto the time and society in which it was written.

The plot is definitely a dark one. This story cannot be read without context, therefore could be lost on readers who have no interest in history.

This is certainly a book that should be introduced to a student intending to foster a civic mind that reaches out to everyone. ( )
  pcadig1 | Feb 26, 2015 |
I like this book for several reasons. One reason why I like this book is the illustrations. The illustrations in this story are not only very colorful and lively but they also show what is happening in the story as you are reading. Each illustration follows the plot and is not misleading in any way. Even though they are not completely realistic looking, the reader can still see the how the characters are feeling, the riot in the street, and the fire in the building. Another reason why I like this book is the plot. The plot of this story is not one that is very familiar to many children so it is good to expose children to something new that does go on in the world. This story had a nice way of describing the riot and fire in a way that children can understand what is going on and the emotions of the characters in a moment like that. The big idea of this story was the feeling of being a part of a community where everyone is looking out for one another even when something bad is happening. This is an important lesson for children because a good sense of community is not only beneficial in their neighborhoods but also in their classroom. ( )
  lbrink2 | Feb 18, 2015 |
This story is about riots occurring in a city, while a little boy, his mother, and his cat watch from their window. The boy is scared by the rioting and when his apartment building is set on fire. He and his mother go to a shelter to stay at with a few of their neighbors, and there they all seem to come to a realization that sometimes some people are hostile to each other because they don’t know each other.

I enjoyed the fact that this story tackles a very real and serious issue in a way that can help children understand it. It is a good way of showing that even in the face of adversity and circumstances out of our control you can find positives in every situation.

Classroom Extension:
1. We could research instances of rioting in the country and around the world during times of natural disaster or political instability.
2. I would have students create a journal entry as to how they would feel and what they would do in a situation like the one in the story.
  GSoto95 | Feb 10, 2015 |
a child witnesses a riot in the streets, then the house catches on fire and they lose their pet cat.
  cadyVdean | Dec 8, 2014 |
Story about a child witnessing a riot in the streets of their city. Their house caught on fire and they lost their pet cat.

Ages: 7 to 8 years
Source: Pierce College Library
  tedwrds | Nov 6, 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.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:41:19 -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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