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Hildilid's Night

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  111 ratings  ·  28 reviews
In this Caldecot Honor folktale, an old woman named Hildilid lives high in the hills and hates the night above all things. She tries capturing the night in a sack, tying it up with vines, shaking her fist at it, but the night takes no notice--until it disappears. Full color.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published June 1st 1996 by Aladdin Paperbacks (first published 1971)
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My first thought after reading this little volume was - what an odd little story. Then it came to me - this poor little woman spent all her energy and creativity towards getting rid of what she hated the most, the dark night; when the sun was finally out, she had no strength left to enjoy what she loved, the bright day.
This children's picture book written by Cheli Durán Ryan & illustrated by Arnold Lobel intrigued me because of the minimalist cover which features the protagonist Hildilid running through the pitch dark night, holding a shawl over her head as it flaps in the wind like Superman's cape. Everything about the cover seems quite minimalist, from the capitalized font to the lone moon on the black background to the hatching technique used by Lobel to compose Hildilid & her environment. Even the ...more
This book is great - a reminder that we sometimes spend so much time fighting things and complaining that we miss the things for which we hope.
Shanna Gonzalez
Hildilid is a solitary old woman who lives in a hut on a mountain, and she hates the night. One night, she decides to attempt to get rid of it, musing, "I do not know why no one has thought of chasing away the night before." So she commences a multitude of strategies: she sweeps, scrubs, scours, whisks at the night, with no result. She sews a sack to capture the night, but cannot get it all in. She singes it with a candle, but it skips outside her hut. And so her antics continue through the nigh ...more
Ryan, C. D. (1971). Hildilid's Night. New York, NY: Macmillan Publishing Company.

Black and white illustrations might not be good for all books, but in the story of “Hildilid’s Night” by Cheli Durán Ryan, Illustrated by Arnold Lobel the choice was very suitable. I really enjoyed the illustrations of black ink type drawings. It really lend it self to the story of the old woman that was fighting the night away. Each drawing captured the various ways the old woman attempted to fight the night. From
Book has a mixed of pages with varying lengths of texts per page. Some have 3 lines others have two lines, others with one. Then there is a page with 10 or more! That one pages and a few others might stress out weaker readers. Illustrations are nice. Lots of alliteration within text, lists with commas and few quotes. Story was cute and fun. Story is simple but enjoyable. Makes a good bed time reader. Very imaginative story.
Caldecott Honor Award Winning storybook. With beautiful woodcuts. This one is a silly tale of an old woman trying to defeat night. It is a completely different type of bed time story. But the text is very well done. And it ends well. The copy I read definitely could have felt more love. It was a flimsy low quality paperbook. This book could have used a more rich binding.
Garrett Ellis
May be a good book for a child who is afraid of something! Could also be a good lead for a writing prompt about what the children are afraid of.
This was a very strange book. I will admit that I probably would’ve never picked it up had it not won a 1972 Caldecott Honor. It is about a woman named Hildilid (which took me forever to figure out how to pronounce) who lives in England and doesn’t like the night. She spends the book trying various ways to get rid of it, resulting in her being so tired that she sleeps throughout the day (which she had been trying to get back into the whole time). The black and white illustrations, done by Lobel, ...more
This is a humorous tale of a woman who tries every way she can think of to get rid of the night. Arnold Lobel's illustrations are all black and white--pen and ink drawings. The only bit of color comes at the end of the book when the sun--a bright yellow/orange--starts to rise. The illustrations are of various sizes and set inside frames; depicting the many ways she tries to banish the night. But when day finally arrives, she is too exhausted to stay up and enjoy it!
Caldecott Honor, 1972
Mary Sesar
This funny little book is about a lady who is tired of the night time. She tries many things to get rid of the night but nothing seems to work. When night finally starts to disappear, she is tired and falls asleep, but when she wakes up it will be night again.
This is a great book to get on the topic of there being twenty-four hours in a day and how many consist of night and day. It is also a great topic start of the earth rotating.
Hildilid is afraid of the night. Poor her.

So one night she tries *everything* to chase the night away - she spits at it, feeds it to her dog, ties it up, brews it, sings it a lullaby.... Of course, she can't - and, naturally, she falls asleep just as the sun comes up. (But she has to be rested tomorrow night, doesn't she?)

The illustrations are just detailed enough, and the text has a nice quiet humor to it.
Elly Squire
I love this book! It is about a sweet little lady who doesn't like the night and does all she can to make it go away. I think this would be fun to read with the kids and discuss why she might not like night. It could be because she is afraid of the dark. You could use this to talk about fears or about things we simply might not like, expressing feelings.
Caldecott Honor Book, 1972

Favorite illustration: page 22

Art Medium: Pen and ink, yellow overlays

Favorite line: "Hildilid sang it lullabies, poured it a saucer of milk, shook her fist at it, smoked it in the chimney, stamped on it, spanked it, dug a grave for it, and she even--I am sorry to say--spat at the night."

Tyrone Hardy
This book was very weird. I do think it would be great for telling kids to be happy with who they are and what they have. Hildilid spent her time and energy literally fighting at the night, even spitting at it at one point. This book is excellent at teaching the lesson of being happy with the way things are.
Great pen-and-ink drawings and amusing story line in verse that depicts in a light-handed way the cost of wearing yourself out by opposing something and missing the benefits of life. Maybe too philosophical - young readers probably won't get it.
A fairytailish story in which an old woman who hates the night tries about 17 different ways to get rid of it. Arnold Lobel's pen and ink drawings are nice. The last three have a yellow overlay, as the sun rises over Hildilid's cottage.
Hildilid hates the night and dreams up many, many ways to try to get rid of it. When at least she decides to turn her back on the night the sun begins to rise. Great story, black and white etchings support text. Great read aloud. Must see.
Andd Becker
Arnold Lobel illustrated this Caldecott Honor book with pen-and-ink drawings. Do children like illustrations in black and white? There is a nonblackandwhite pic at the end, but...
The black and white illustrations are perfect for this story. I loved that Hildilid finally slept through the day to be ready to fight the night all over again.
Hildilid's Night by Cheli Duran Ryan

Folklore about an old lady doing silly things to get rid of night, including shaking her fist at it.
1972 Caldecott honor

this picture book is quite humorous, with great illustrations... laughing out loud.
Fairy tale-ish book about a woman who tries to get rid of the night. Beautiful sketch illustrations
3.5 stars - There's no fighting the night.
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Intriguing and food for discussion.
wonderful instory and art
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