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The House in the Night by Susan Marie…

The House in the Night (2008)

by Susan Marie Swanson

Other authors: Beth Krommes (Illustrator)

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Illustrations and easy-to-read text explore the light that makes a house in the night a home filled with light.



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A child's book takes him soaring over the country on the back of a bird. This story is about the warmth, familiarity and comfort that can be found in a house, light, bed and book.
  helenaament | Aug 7, 2018 |
This book shows the different things in the house that makes it light up in the night. The sources of light are not always actually lit; they could be the song of a bird or the magic within a book. The child in the book is whisked through the darkness by the bird in his book, who shows the child how the "house in the night," is "a home full of light." ( )
  aripley16 | Feb 11, 2018 |
Illustrated by Beth Krommes

Swanson was inspired by nursery rhymes / poems handed down through many generations, featuring cumulative patterns (such has The House That Jack Built). In this book, she names all the objects, both in and outside a house at night time, that are familiar and comforting to a child: a key, a bed, a book, the moon, etc. In this way a child examines and is comforted by his/her place in the greater world.

I remember reading cumulative pattern books to my baby brother, my nieces and nephew. They were delighted by the repetition and occasional rhymes. This book didn’t have that same kind of repetition. I see where Swanson was inspired by those types of nursery rhymes and poems, but I didn’t “hear” the magic in the words.

Beth Krommes was awarded the Caldecott Medal for her illustrations. The pen and ink drawings are uniformly dark, with spots of golden yellow light .. from the moon, or a bedside lamp. They are times very focused (an adult hand holding a key), and at other times panoramic (a bird flying across the landscape of a town), but always show the child in relation to this universe. All of them are wonderfully detailed. 4**** for her artwork. ( )
  BookConcierge | Sep 10, 2017 |
I used this book for effective questioning. This book is good for metacognition, and thinking and questioning what the author meant or was trying to say. I would read this in late preschool or early kindergarten. It's not so much a story as it is an illustrated poem.
  NaomiGG | Aug 8, 2017 |
Summary: There's really no rhyme or reason to this book. It talks about "the light" and where you can find it in a home and then focuses on other things in the home, like a book which then leads to the bird in the book, which leads to the bird flying up to the moon, and the moon overlooking the starts, and so on.

Critique of Genre: Might be a type of poetry or prose. Has certain sentences repeated and has a rhymthic pattern to it (the author's note says she was inspired by certain nursery rhymes).

Age: Primary

Media: Scratchboard and watercolor
  aschoenberg12 | Mar 22, 2017 |
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