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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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This heartbreaking picture book allows the reader to experience certain events that everyone may not experience. As you read this picture book, you are taken into the life of a mother and her son along with their entire town. This town is known extremely well for their crime which unfortunately has a huge impact on the main characters. It is an excellent representation of dedication and determination from firefighters. It also represents the love strangers have in order to rebuild a community.
  mbabst | Apr 19, 2015 |
A clear and important lesson. I hope we can all learn from it. However, I don't know if it truly speaks to inner-city children like the MC, or if suburban/rural children will be able to realize that the lesson applies to them, also. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
This story is about a young boy who is in his apartment with his mother and his cat. They witness rioting outside their window and eventually get woken up by their building catching on fire. As they rich outside he can't find his cat. As he fears for his cat, everyone at the shelter learn what it means to leave prejudices behind and to be friends. ( )
  ecarlson2014 | Apr 7, 2015 |
Daniel becomes sacred when he witnesses riots taking place in his neighborhood. While he and his mom sleep, the apartment building is set on fire. They are forced to go to a shelter. There they become friends with Ms. Kim, a lady who they didn't like before. Even their cats don't get along. During the fire, the cats are found holding paws. At that moment they realize that if their pets can be friends, so can they. I would use this book for a writing assignment. Students will be randomly paired and they will interview each other. Then they will create a Venn Diagram demonstrating the similarities and differences between them. This will allow them to learn about Venn Diagrams, and at the same time, they will be given the opportunity to know their classmates. For grades K-3 ( )
  ccanizales | Mar 31, 2015 |
This piece of realistic fiction tells a story about a little boy who goes to sleep to the sound of rioters looting the neighborhood. Suddenly, he is awakened in the middle of the night and must evacuate the building due to a fire. With the help of the firefighters, the little boy is reunited with his kitties and he learns that people can come together in community to help one another.
  Emilywilson23 | Mar 10, 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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