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Smoky Night
Smoky Night
Author: Eve Bunting, David Diaz (Illustrator)
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. Th...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780152699543
ISBN-10: 0152699546
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 40
Reading Level: Ages 4-8
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 13 ratings
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
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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Having lived through the Los Angeles riot, I will never forget those days and nights. This book is a beautiful, hopeful reaction to the events that took place. I shared it with my daughter (when she was 10 years old).