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In the Small, Small Night

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  26 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
In the middle of the night the world can seem huge andfrightening, especially when you've just moved far from home. On Abena and Kofi's first night in America, it is late and it is dark and they are up worrying. What if a giant lizard or a slender-snouted crocodile crawled into their suitcases? What if the people in their new school laugh at them? What if they forget Grand ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 4th 2005 by Greenwillow Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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Kofi and Abena have just moved to America with their parents. They are from Ghana. In the middle of the night, Kofi wakes up afraid – of snakes and lizards; of forgetting his grandmother and cousins. Abena comforts him with tales from Ghana – an Anansi story and a Turtle story. Abena is afraid she will be made fun of at school and Kofi comforts her.
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Sep 07, 2015 Teacher 007.5 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A young girl helps her little brother relax and calm his fears as she tells him stories of their homeland, Ghana. Storytelling is a tradition in Africa that allows the passing of knowledge, heritage and traditions. So long as they have their stories, Abena and her brother Kofi, will always remember those they left behind in their homeland.
Angelina Justice
A wonderful amalgamation of adapting to newness while embracing the past that is familiar. This story of two siblings from Ghana falling asleep in their new home, America, is endearing but real. The older sibling comforts the younger with stories from their first home. But in the end the younger comforts the older with the wisdom she's just shared in some bedtime stories.
Rachel Thomas
Apr 20, 2010 Rachel Thomas rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
title: In the Small, Small Night (picture)
author: Jane Kurtz
Illustrator: Rachel Isadora
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers
Date of publication: 2005
Summary: This book is about a young boy and girl from Ghana. The boy is afraid to sleep at night and misses Ghana. His sister tells him stories. It was adorable how much love the boy and girl showed. I don't know if I would necessarily use this in my classroom.
Story of 2 brother and sister who are new immigrants to America from Ghana. The older sister tells her younger brother stories before he falls asleep at night. Very sweet, beautiful illustrations. Because of interweaving tales, perhaps better for more advanced readers with longer attention spans. Not sure it would be good pick for a read-aloud.
Oct 22, 2009 Deb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the bond between children. Children have a way of consoling one another. The African American children demonstrated strength in remember their heritage and not wanting to forget it. Wonderful story for those who have left their homeland.
Jan 30, 2010 Chelsea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Would be great to have in the class library, it speaks about the fears of children who just moved to America. I did not like however how the author had two folk tales mixed into the story, they semmed very random snd did not match the story.
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Jane Kurtz was born in Portland, Oregon, but when she was two years old, her parents moved to Ethiopia. Jane grew up in Maji, a small town in the southwest corner of the country.
Since there were no televisions, radios, or movies, her memories are of climbing mountains, wading in rivers by the waterfalls, listening to stories, and making up her own stories, which she and her sisters acted out for
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