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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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Durng a riot, Daniel's apartment building catches on fire and they have to evacuate. During the evacuation process, Daniel's cat goes missing and, despite everyone telling him she got out, he's still very worried. Their neighbor's cat, who Daniel's cat doesn't get along with, also goes missing. After everything settles down, the firefighter finds them huddled together hiding under the stairs. The two cats getting along despite a history of fighting taught the tenants a lesson about looking past cultural backgrounds and getting to know each other. ( )
  NRedler | May 4, 2016 |
Smoky Night tells the story of a young boy named Daniel. One evening, he and his mother watch the violent rioters break into buildings and loot stores including Kim's Market, a stores that Daniel and his mother do not shop at because Mama says it's better to shop at stores belonging to their "own people." During the night, Daniel and his mother are forced to escape their home because it is on fire. They go to a shelter where they see Mrs. Kim. A fire fighter brings in two cats belonging to the two families. Though the cats had always fought, they were holding paws because they were so scared. Daniel comments that they probably didn't like each other because they didn't know each other. His mother introduces herself to Mrs. Kim and the families agree to get together after the riots settle down.

This is a good example of historical fiction because it presents accurate information about what a young child may have experienced during the Los Angeles riots. The child's perspective makes it easier for young readers to relate to. The author describes the violence and dangerous actions without excessive graphic detail. This book is a good text to use for critical literacy because it addresses issues of cultural tension between two groups of people. Students may ask why Mama thinks it is better to buy from their own people or why she seems to have a change of heart at the end of the story.

GENRE: Historical Fiction

- have critical literacy discussion about how some cultures do not interact or how negative events can bring people together
- have students demonstrate their understanding of cause and effect by filling out a graphic organizer
  sso14 | Apr 9, 2016 |
Daniel, his mom and their cat Jasmine lived in a bad neighborhood in Los Angeles. During this time, their was a really bad riot occurring and the small family had to watch it all from their window, always hoping nothing would happen. Until one night a fire started from the riot and they had to evacuate immediately to a shelter but there was one problem, they lost the cat. While at the shelter the firefighter brings Jasmine back to him and they get to move back into their home in 2 days.
This books illustrations weren't really creative and didn't really attract me. I liked that it was a real story and described the real struggles of people.
GENRE: Critical literacy
USE: What a riot is
where to go when you have to evacuate
MEDIA: Painting
  japodaca14 | Apr 6, 2016 |
This book was about a family who did not live in that good of a neighborhood and what it was like to experience things from the other side. The little boys name was Daniel and him and his mom would look outside of the window at all the bad things that were happening. When Daniel went to lay down that night he laid with his mom and cat. They were woken up in the middle of the night because there was a fire in the building. Daniel was so sad because he wasn't sure if his cat made it out or not. But thankfully the firefighter got the cat and returned it to Daniel at the shelter. I could use this book if a tragic fire happened near my school or if a majority of my students lived in a bad neighborhood. ( )
  rpridmore | Apr 5, 2016 |
Riots break out in the street and a young boy and his mother observe from their apartment window above. It is a scary chaotic night when the apartment gets set on fire. The boy is concerned because he can not find his cat. They take shelter with all there other neighbors whom they don't always get along with. The night brings them together. GENRE: critical literacy. USES: teaching the importance of not judging someone until you get to know, importance of working together. CRITIQUE: It captures the emotions of a young boy experiencing the scariness of rioting happening in their streets below. It is a real issue that has happened to many people. It is about getting along with others despite your background and differences. MEDIA: collage/photos , acrylics
  Adrinnon | Apr 5, 2016 |
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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.

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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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