The House in the Night
Winner of the 2009 Caldecott Medal! A spare, patterned text and glowing pictures explore the origins of light that make a house a home in this bedtime book for young children. Naming nighttime things that are both comforting and intriguing to preschoolers - a key, a bed, the moon - this timeless book illuminates a reassuring order to the universe.
It's the sort of book you want to look at again and again. Just lovely!
This is a Caldecott Medal winning children's book. Basically, it is a bedtime story for young children filled with black and white pictures with a sprinkling of golden coloured objects. It was designed to comfort and lull a child to sleep with pictures of familiar and calming nighttime things. A book, a bed, a light, a bird, the moon, a song - young children know all these familiar objects.
I have read countless storybooks to young children, including my own sons, and what I always find is that c...more
At this point however, the realistic story adds a magical element as the young protagonist flies out the window, teddy bear in hand, to explore her world with...more
This book exudes warmth, comfort and blessings. The images done in black and white primarily are given beacons of warmth through the use of yellow. Done in a classic wo...more
The illustrations in this book were much more captivating than the story, however, this book was written for a very young audience. The familiar and comforting items found in the book are very effective in creating a safe, peaceful envir...more
This book brings comfort and peace to children as everything familiar to them is explored in the night. The book starts with objects that are close to home: the key to the house, the light, the bed, the book and then moves further away from the home: the bird, the moon, and the sun. After the distance in explored, the reader is brought back to the original starting point: the home.
Source: Caldecott Winner (2009)
The front jacket has a view of a house surrounded by trees and bushes. It it nighttime and most of the colors are black and white. A few of the pictures are colored in yellow. The back of the jacket has the rest of the countryside so when you open the book, it's one big picture. The left jacket flap has a summary of the story and the right jacket flap has a little bio of the author and illustrator. The end pages are a solid yellow color. The sam...more
2009 Caldecott Winner
The House in the Night is a very simple story with extraordinary illustrations that demonstrates the feeling of enlightenment that can occur with a positive perspective. The book illustrates various objects that are typically located in a home, making the story relatable. The heaviest emphasis is placed on things in the night, and objects that transmit light, including objects that may not physically give off light,...more
Appeal: The colors in this book are black, white and gold. This can make students feel calm. The pictures in the book are different from most books. The pictures look like they are drawn from pencils, which can be interesting to students. Students will like that this book has a pattern to it. They will find that everything is connected. Students w...more
Appeal: Second or third graders will have a good understanding of how each item mentioned in the text relates to either the previous or next item. Seeing how everything relates is a neat concept for the students to understand. The illustrator used a majority of black and white color, with subtle hin...more
The House in the Night was written by Susan Marie Swanson and illustrated by Beth Krommes. Krommes won the Caldecott Medal in 2009 for this picture book. I have to admit I was originally drawn to this book by the cover illustration. It’s a bedtime story that is very similar in style to Goodnight Moon. It brings the reader full circle from beginning to end with predictable settings. The illustrations are what I believe would really attract a young reader.
2. This is a beautiful story of a little girl reading a story before bedtime and that story taking her on a journey. The illustrations are what really bring this book to life.
3. A. The story is a nursery rhyme type of book, with pictures beyond the imagination.
B. I loved this book when I saw the pictures. They are so eye-catching and really draw a reader into the story. I love how the light is on every page, with certain parts of each illustration colored golden yellow. It makes t...more
2. This story is about a little girl who's parents give her the key to the house which has a light on. It depicts how that light, lights up her home and through her book she can see that the bird soars throughout the sky and the sun and the moon light up the sky for the bird to see and that's how she sees at night too without her light on.
3. (A) The area for comment is in the illustrations
(B) The illustrations in this book are critical. The book is written in all...more
Summary: This is a story highlighting recognizable features about a house in the night. A key to the house is given to a girl who discovers a book, goes on a reading adventure, and is then tucked into bed to sleep.
Critique: A. Use of color
B. This story's illustrations are all black and white except for specified pops of color throughout. The color usage in this book is very interesting and helps relate the pictures to the text. The author chooses specific things to color in yellow r...more
The book has some aspects of the literary standards in chapter 2. The setting is described and seen through the pictures which show where the story is taking place and what is happening in the story. There aren't really any characters in the book...more
SUMMARY: The story explains a house in a neighborhood at night. It starts off by looking at a broad point of view (the whole neighborhood) then it slowly enters the house and focuses on a story book on a bed. Which i believe symbolizes a story being told at bedtime. Then it described the storybook that was on the bed and gradually escapes the book, goes back to the bed, and so on and so on until the last picture is the neighborhood aga...more
2. The house in the night is a comfy place, but what secrets does it hold? Enter into this house and journey out into the night in this boldly illustrated tale of light.
a. The simple text invites the reader to focus on the illustrations. The bright and bold images contrast beautifully with the simple color use (only three colors, black, white and yellow).
b. This book's bright and contrasting illustration...more