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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  1,039 ratings  ·  224 reviews
A breathtaking picture book 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, but how will he find his way? And how
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ebook, 48 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
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Amy Lutchen
SEEING THIS BOOK ON THE SHELVES AT KIDDOS' BOOK FAIR=INSTA-LOVE.

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!
Dolly
Oct 19, 2012 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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Eyehavenofilter
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
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Marsha
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
Kelly Lynn Thomas
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
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Marika
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
Magila
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
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Rachel
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
Tiffany Pennington
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
Robert J
A mother bat sends her young child out on his own for the first time. How will he be able to find his way back in the dark he asks his Mom and she tells him to use his "good sense." She explains his "good sense" as "the song you sing out into the world, and the song the world sings back to you." What a beautiful way to describe the sonar bats use for navigation. It is also a lesson for letting go as all parents must learn. Nightsong can be used as a way to start a lesson plan to learn about our ...more
Deborah Dempsey
I went to the bookstore today and discovered a book called Nightsong written by Ari Berk and illustrated by Loren Long. When I saw the cover of the book with a single flying creature in the night sky with an curious look on its face and the way the used the title to add to the atmosphere of the story I knew nothing about, I picked up with book without looking for the description and when directly to the check out. What a beautiful story about a young bat first venture into the world by itself an ...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
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Serena
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
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marmix
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.
Michelle Nero
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!
Lauren Kramer
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
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Bronwyn
What a sweet, beautiful book. The illustrations are wonderful and the little adventure story is wonderful.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Long's illustrations are beautiful though I don't know any bats that are as cute as Chiro.
Jordan
Cute story with with some simple but beautiful writing. The illustrations make nice use of the darkness in which bats live to show us how the little bat learns to use his senses—to sing and hear the world sing back, as this book puts it. As a kid I was fascinated with bats and their ability to echolocate, and Nightsong takes what could be a dry subject and makes something wonderful and touching out of it. I bought this at a book fair for my wife and our unborn daughter and hope she'll enjoy it i ...more
Emily
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
Tasha
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
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
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
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Kaycee
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
Mavish Maqsood
I found the story and the characters in this book to be very sweet. I adored Chiro as he looks like, in my opinion, the cutest little bat in the world. The illustrations in this book are beautiful and span every page. The pictures are dark and the brightest colors on the page usually belong to the little bat. This was effective as it makes it seem like Chiro is alone in the dark. I believe this book teaches children to try and conquer their fears and to listen to their mothers.

The book is about
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Angela
Out of all the books to select at the school book fair, this one caught my interest. It is a unique contribution to children's literature both in its story and its illustration. The undercurrent to the story is to gently allay a child's fears of the dark, and it's appreciated that this topic is approached through the use of a young creature who must rely on different senses to find his way. It was an obvious addition to my collection and one I will enjoy sharing with my children.
Stephanie Croaning
This is a wonderful book about a baby bat's first solo flight. Loren Long, the creator of Otis, has crafted amazing illustrations that perfect depict the clarity that bats have when flying at night. I love the mysterious shadows lurking in the dark, which he shows in contrast to the clear shapes outlined in the bat's scope of echolocation. Chiro is absolutely adorable, and you will fall in love him! The text is lyrical, and would make a fantastic read-aloud.
Jeanne
Summary: This is a picture book which tells the story of a young bat who must go out at night for the first time without his mother. He is scared and doesn't know how he will see in the dark. His mother tells him about his "nightsong" which he can sing out and what he hears back will help him see. When he comes back after being out all night and his mother asks him how it was he says "It was very, VERY dark... and I saw everything!".

Audience: Toddlers and early elementary children will love thi
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Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: As strange as this sounds, I am terrified of bats in real life but I absolutely love anthropomorphic bats in books.

This is an absolutely gorgeously illustrated book about a little bat who goes out by himself for the first time using his "good sense" to see in the dark. While the story is completely cute and fictional it also manages to convey exactly how echolocation works for bats. The background of the pages are all black and textured, as if they represented the bat's hair
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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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