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Smoky Night
Smoky Night
Author: Eve Bunting
In a night of rioting, Daniel and his mother are forced to leave their apartment for the safety of a shelter. “Diaz has not been afraid to take risks in illustrating the story with thickly textured paintings against a background of torn-paper and found-object collage. Without becoming cluttered or gimmicky, these pictures manage to capture...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780152010355
ISBN-10: 0152010351
Publication Date: 7/1995
Reading Level: Ages 4-8
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Publisher: Harcourt Brace* Co
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
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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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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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The pictures are works of art. Deserving of the Caldecott.
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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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Touching story about a family whose apartment building catches fire during the night. Illustrated by David Diaz.
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