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Smoky Night by Eve Bunting
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Apr 03, 12

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Smoky Night is a book that tells events of the night a riot happened in the streets of Los Angeles. Buildings are being burned, thieves are looting stores, and racism is present. There are many hardships in this story. The story has a happy ending but it is a lot of children to take in and understand. I would recommend that students should be at least 9 or 10 to understand the story completely. The illustrations in this book are the most stunning feature. What sticks out most about the illustrations is that the uncertainty of race in the illustrations is hard for children to depict. The colors that Diaz uses make it hard to determine the ethnicity of the characters. There are purples, greens, blues, and yellows that are used as skin color. Diaz uses a collage-like technique when placing paintings over photographs. The illustrations in this book help make the story subtler than it already is. This book has very basic concepts that can be applied to parts of someone’s life when people try and defend their actions.
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