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.
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
Sun in the moon, moon in the dark
It wasn't until I did some volunteer work in a local library that I discovered how popular the board books are for children. Perhaps because they are difficult to destroy, the section of the library with these special books are always covered with eager kids, pulling their parents (or nannies) to the titles they covet.
Dark in the song, song in the bird
So, I gave it a shot and got the one that looked different than the others, with a black-and-white etching-ish ou ...more
It's the sort of book you want to look at again and again. Just lovely!
The genre of this book is fiction and is written for ages 4-6.
This book is a rhyming book that connects one thing to another. It starts with the house in the night and ends saying “a home full of light”. The book only has about 5 words per page and the illustrations are what grab the reader. The only colors being used are white, black and yellow. The black is representing the night and the yellow is representing the light in the world.
Since thi ...more
The words in this story flowed together like a poem, it started at the beginning and moved forward to each different scene and then half way through the book it started from the end and went backwards. Each picture was black and white except the item each page talked about was in an orange color. That helped tell the story so you could clearly see which part of the story was being told. This was a story made for reading before bed because it’s setting is all throughout the n ...more
The House in the Night written by Susan Marie Swanson and illustrated by Beth Krommes is a children’s picture book about the comforting happenings right before bed in the night. This book is geared towards early readers because there are very few words and elaborate pictures. Even though the story is simple, it is still very beautifully written and displayed. It is about a house in the night with a book on a bed that talks about the starry night and moon. The story ends with the ...more
By: Susan Marie Swanson
The house in the Night is a simple bedtime story that would take children on the back of a bird to different parts of the home, to the key that unlocks the house and much more! Only using hues of grey, white and yellow the illustrations are dream like. Although the short texts provides a focal point in the illustration, they take up the whole page with different scenarios which provides the reader with their own perception of what is going on in the stor ...more
What a beautiful book! This book also applies the concept of high frequency, low variation and few words allowing students to better understand the topic of the book. Each picture is in black and white, other than the objects representing the key words on the page. For example, when it says bird, the bird on the page is colored a bright, golden yellow. This book would also help students practice reversal, making them understand the sequence of events as they unfold. Because ...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
Genre: Picture book Reading Level: Kindergarten Format: good
As I read the book The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson. The book theme is going to sleep but has no race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status in the book. The only colors in the book where black and yellow illustrating a plot that demonstrates the setting of going to bed for the day. I like how the key is the focus of unlocking the house and the little girl going into her room to g ...more