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Smoky Night
Smoky Night
Author: Eve Bunting
During a night of rioting in Los Angeles, fires and looting force neighbors--who have always avoided one another--to come together. David Diaz was awarded the Caldecott Medal for his bold acrylic paint and photo-collage illustrations.
ISBN-13: 9780152018849
ISBN-10: 0152018840
Publication Date: 4/1/1999
Pages: 36
Reading Level: Ages 4-8
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 6 ratings
Publisher: Voyager Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 2
Written after the Los Angeles riots of the 1990s, this story tells the fictional tale of a young boy who witnesses the mayhem from his apartment window then has to evacuate to a shelter when his building catches on fire. The story resolves with his family and a shopkeeper from a different ethnic background getting to know each other for the first time. This story provides a great moral lesson and gentle exposure to a tumultuous time in our countrys recent history. The illustrations are a combination of acrylic painting and photographs of collage materials for a very textural and interesting effect.
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Helpful Score: 2
This book was deserving of the Caldecott Medal. It is beautifully illustrated with paintings against collage backgrounds. A riot breaks out in Daniel's neighborhood one night and his apartment building catches on fire. During the night, Daniel and his mother are led to a shelter. Daniel is worried about his cat Jasmine, but he finds her at the shelter snuggling up with another neighborhood cat. This is a great story about people uniting in the wake of tragedy, forgetting their differences.
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Helpful Score: 1
The pictures are works of art. Deserving of the Caldecott.
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Touching story about a family whose apartment building catches fire during the night. Illustrated by David Diaz.
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No wonder this is a Caldecott Medal Book. An African/American boy living in an international neighborhood face rioting and learn about hate, kindness, and their neighbors. The illustrations are collage with slightly abstract paintings - full of color and movement and wed with the words to tell a story for people of all ages.
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