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4.02  ·  Rating details ·  1,549 ratings  ·  285 reviews
A breathtaking picture book by award-winning writer Ari Berk and illustrated by mega-bestseller Loren Long, about a young bat setting off into the world using only his good sense!

Sense is the song you sing out into the world,
and the song the world sings back to you.

With these words, Chiro’s mother sends him off into the night for the first time alone. It’s an adventure, b
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Amy Lutchen
Nov 03, 2014 rated it really liked it

The cover is GORGEOUS (the GR pic doesn't do it justice), and I was so happy to see that the story inside was just as enjoyable.

I might just stalk the cover artist O_O and beg them for MORE!
Oct 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a sweet tale about a youngster growing up and his mom letting him go to explore on his own. To this end, it's probably just as good of a story for parents as it is for children. The story also teaches a bit about echolocation without actually mentioning it, and children can learn how bats can 'see' in the dark.

The illustrations are dark and convey Chiro's inability to visually discern his surroundings. They help to convey the scary world that Chiro flies out into, but also a world that
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Jun 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, picture-book
Long's illustrations are beautiful though I don't know any bats that are as cute as Chiro.
Mar 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Young Animal Lovers / Readers Looking for Picture-Books About Bats
Chiro the bat is sent out into the nighttime world by his mother in this lovely picture-book examination of echolocation. Instructed to use his song to find the local pond and eating place, he sets out, hesitant at first and then more confident, as his song sends back information about the world around him. Once he has reached the pond and had his dinner, he even sets out to explore further, reaching the coast and flying out over the sea, before heading home once again...

Featuring an engaging st
Kelly Lynn Thomas
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
THIS IS THE CUTEST BOOK EVER IN THE ENTIRE WORLD! I may be biased, as I absolutely adore bats (and they are so good for eating pesky mosquitoes and other insects that are annoying), but if the illustrations of little Chiro don't melt your heart, you don't have one!

The real strength of this book lies in the full-page illustrations. The story deals with Chiro learning how to use echo location. The author explains the concept of echo location in a beautiful manner that children will understand. The
Well with so many books having the same title....
Anyway this one really stands out.
I love bats sooooo......
Little Chiro, is sent out into the night for the first time. He is terrified because it is so dark and he tells his mom that he can't see. But she tells him to sing, it's a sense that bats have and that everything will sing back to him in its own way. Chiro soars out, and at first everything is so dark, but he remembers to sing. Through the amazing illustrations the colors of the night sing
May 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Chiro, a little bat, faces his first night alone. He is scared because he cannot see in the dark, but his mother tells him, "Sense is the song you sing out into the world, and the song the world sings back to you." With this advice Chiro sets out into the frightening night, softly singing at the world around him. As his song brings awareness, it also banishes fear and soon Chiro's song becomes louder and his world expands in vivid detail. Long's scratchy black backgrounds capture the frightening ...more
Oct 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, and especially the illustrations! Chiro is a young bat who has never explored the world alone before, until tonight, when his mother says he must. He has to use his good sense and sing, in order to find his way in the dark and eat his dinner. This is a good way to teach echolocation to young children, as the illustrator Loren Long shows wonderfully in acrylics and graphite. My favorite illustration was the one after Chiro eats, when he wanders out of the safety of the pond and ...more
Dec 23, 2012 rated it liked it
The pictures deserve a 5. The story, eh.

I love the idea that a story was written about a bat. The bat is cute, and I think again - the book might be slightly more appealing to little girls.

Overall, however, my wife and I both agreed we did not love this book. There were some nice themes of adventure, and perseverance, and being strong, and conquering fears. Heck, this might even be the book to buy your "boomerang" college student. It just so happens to not be that awesome at any one thing, and
Mar 02, 2013 rated it liked it
The illustrations here are indeed beautiful, and highly evocative of little Chiro's feelings, but WHY no mention of what this "good sense" actually is? As the mother of a preschooler that likes to know the whys behind the story, this fell flat. I had to fumble an explanation about call and response and echolocation and hope I got it right. The author explained the inspiration of the main character's name, but I would have liked to see more.
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is truly breathtaking. It is short and simple, but so beautiful. I love how it is drawn so that we get to see the way the small bat does, or at least get some idea of how the bat sees. I loved seeing the baby bat discovering "his song" and exploring the world outside his familiar boarders.
Carrie Charley Brown
The illustrations in this book are stunning! However, I found the text to be a bit exhausting, and my mind wandered. The attention span of a child is much shorter than mine, and therefore, I can imagine this book not targeting the age group it was intended to reach.
Oct 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I just added this to my children's book collection, beings I am a preschool teacher. It is a great way to teach children about echolocation especially for the age groups 4 to 5 years of age. And the illustrations are beautiful.
Michelle Nero
Sep 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm still in love with Stellaluna, but Chiro is just as adorable. I love the advice Momma gives Chiro on his first adventure out into the darkness. Love the book format and layout of the beautiful illustrations. Sing on Chiro!
What a sweet, beautiful book. The illustrations are wonderful and the little adventure story is wonderful.
Feb 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Very cute and touching, but without overdoing it. Went over well in readloud.
Dec 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Lovely illustrations!
Tiffany Lynn Kramer
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
A beautifully illustrated, darling tale that's delivered in the perfect way so that all ages might enjoy it.
Tiffany Fox
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was very beautifully illustrated. Whether it was the use of color or the artwork itself, Loren Long really did an amazing job of bringing Ari Berk's words come to life. The majority of the book is very dark, after all you are dealing with a bat. Their very nature is to me most active in a dark atmosphere, which is why they live in caves and other dark dwellings. Chiro, has never been away from his mother, and if afraid of what lives and lies beyond the safety of their home. When his mo ...more
Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This beautifully done picture book follows the story of a little bat named Chiro. His mother tells him one evening that he is to fly out into the world on his own for once and use his "good sense" to find his way in the dark. When Chiro sets out, he runs into a few obstacles and then uses his mothers advice to be able to see things in a new light and look at the world around him with that "good sense".

The first thing that stands out about this book are the images. They are done in a very dark an
Lauren Kramer
Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
SPOILER ALERT: The full plot of "Nightsong" will be revealed.

"Nightsong" is a fantastic story about a young bat who learns how to see the world around him.

Chiro (cheer-o)is called by his mother and told that the time has come for him to go out into the world. He is very afraid, but, his mother tells him to use "good sense." Confused, Chiro asks what this means.

"Sense is the song you sing out into the world, and the song the world sings back to you. Sing, and the world will answer. That is how y
Kaitlyn Phipps
One day Chiro is told by his mother that he will fly on his own to the pond to eat. "Use your good sense" she tells him and sends him on his way. At first, Chiro is scared. It is dark and he's all alone but he remember his mothers words. He uses his good sense by singing out into the world so that the world can answer him back. Although it seems different when he starts, Chiro quickly catches on and uses his good sense to navigate the world around him and see things he had never seen before.

Aug 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Chiro is a very young bat whose mother tells him that it is time for him to head out on a solo flight for the first time. Chiro is very worried about how he will see in the dark, but his mother encourages him to “Sing, and the world will answer.” So Chiro heads out on his own. At first, he tries to fly without singing, but it is too dark. Then when he sings, he suddenly sees in color. Chiro explores and sees all sorts of things through his song. When he gets to the pond and all of its insects, t ...more
Holly Hardwick
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: caldecott-pick
Nightsong by Ari Berk and illustrated by Loren Long is a beautifully story both textually and especially visually. It follows the story of Chiro, a young bat going on his first solo flight at night. He is nervous about how he will see, but his mother tells him to use his good sense that is "the song you sing out into the world, and the song the world sings back to you." This would be a wonderful way to teach students science through literature. Most children do not know that bats uses echos to s ...more
Cameron Kisselbaugh
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: caldecott-pick
The winner of a Caldecott Award is not simply about what book has the prettiest pictures. It is an award that pays tribute to a book that uses illustrations to draw the reader in and truly connect them with the story that is being told as if they were actually there. In my opinion, I see "Nightsong" as that book.

From the cover to the very last page, Loren Long does an admirable job of translating the emotion, feelings, and story into beautifully painted scenes. I could not help but fall in love
Dec 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
While I was initially drawn by the mostly black cover (something I deem unusual for a children’s book), the contents of this one didn’t live up to my curiosity. This book shows a weird creature that is supposed to be a bat but has the over-sized head of a puppy, cutesy wings and tiny human feet. I also found Chiro’s nighttime journey to be rather uninspired. The black-on-black scratchings reminded me of childish black crayon drawings that I used to make as a child, when you would scratch away th ...more
Gabrielle Blockton
Date: November 5th, 2014

Author: Ari Berk; Illustrated by Loren Long

Title: Night Song

Plot: Chiro is a young bat who is afraid of flying out into the world without his mother because of the darkness. His mother tells Chiro to use his good sense to explore what the world outside of the bat cave has to offer. Will Chiro find his good sense to explore the outside world?

Setting: Chiro's bat-cave/home; Outside world

Characters: Chiro/Little Wing; Chiro's mom (Momma)

Point-of-View: Third-Person

Theme: Fea
Angela Fu
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
I picked this book up because it really caught my attention. I loved the style of the illustration and as I flipped through the book I found the visuals to be aesthetically appealing.

Chiro is a young bat and he has reached the age when he needs to start learn to fly by himself in the dark. He is very nervous but his mother encourages him to use his "good sense" which we know as echolocation. The author takes us through Chiro's thought process as he tries to overcome his fears.

Nightsong is a gr
May 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Nightsong is a very nicely done book about a bat leaving his cave on his own for the first time. He is afraid of the dark and doesn't know how he will be able to see but his mother tells him to sing and the earth will sing back. This is a great way to describe bat's radar to children in a way that they will understand. The illustrations help with that as well. The book is all dark there are shapes that are slightly darker that can't necessarily be made out but when the little bat sings a column ...more
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I love this adorable story about a little bat whose night vision is not quite up to snuff. Chiro's mother tells him that it's alright that he can't see well in the dark - that he has other, better senses that can help him. The dark illustrations are wonderfully inviting, and the visual reproduction of Chiro's song (his best sense, echolocation) is wonderfully done and is a brilliant way of explaining this concept to young children. The spread with Chiro and his full belly is precious, as well as ...more
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Ari Berk is a writer, artist, and scholar of literature, folklore, and myth. Former student of and assistant to Pulitzer Prize winning writer N. Scott Momaday, Ari has written everything from academic works on ancient cultures to popular books about myths and legends for children and adults and, most recently, a trilogy of novels. He works in a library filled to the ceiling with thousands of arcan ...more
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