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Dawn by Molly Bang
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Mar 29, 08

bookshelves: all-us-kids
Recommended for: lovers of children, story, illustration, and parents

a wondrous story. the remarkable pictures supply a secret text, so that when story reveals it's magic, the child who has taken in the details will already know. In this, it seems to mirror all the things that children know without being told, and before they have a language with which to tell us what they know.

unusual in many ways - the open-ended note on which the book ends is, well , un-american:> - and a surprising tribute to the strength and resolve that we so rarely give children credit for.

her father and i read this with my daughter when she was small. it has stayed with me as few books of any kind have, growing in metaphoric power and sweetness.
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