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Little Night/Nochecita

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  366 ratings  ·  92 reviews
As the long day comes to an end, Mother Sky fills a tub with falling stars and calls, "Bath time for Little Night!"

Little Night answers from afar, "Can't come. I am hiding and you have to find me, Mama. Find me now!"

Where could Little Night be? Down a rabbit hole? In a blueberry field? Among the stripes of bees? Exquisitely painted and as gentle as Little Night's dress cro
Paperback, 32 pages
Published June 28th 2016 by Square Fish (first published April 3rd 2007)
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Lisa Vegan
Gorgeous and unusual illustrations, each one taking up the whole page with the story text over part of the picture, and lovely sentiments of a mother’s love for her daughter. I read this illustrator's book Los Gatos Black on Halloween, and loved it and enjoyed the English-Spanish language story. This book has a separate Spanish language edition; I would have loved some Spanish in this English language story as well. In the illustrations I particularly loved the stars, in all the places they appe ...more
Absolutely gorgeous, luminous illustrations make this an outstanding book! The story is about Mother Sky who tries to get Little Night ready to play in the sky, but mischievous Little Night loves to hide. Wow, I loved it!
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Beautifully-Illustrated Bedtime Books
Mother Sky gets her daughter ready for the nighttime in this lovely tale, chasing after and finding her, as she continually runs off to hide. Behind the hills, inside a bat's cave, in a blueberry field, Little Night finds plenty of places to conceal herself, but Mother Sky always manages to find her, eventually succeeding in bathing her (in falling stars), dressing her (in a dress crocheted from clouds), and untangling her hair (with a shiny comb). Now Little Night is ready to play with her Moon ...more
Wow, what a beautifully illustrated and engaging children's book!

This is a fascinating short story about Mother Sky and Little Night, getting ready for the end of the day. It is very accessible for children because it depicts familiar activities of bath time, getting dressed, combing hair - all accompanied by the playful interaction of hide-and-seek as Little Night tries to delay each activity. What makes it special is how the illustrations show you these are all metaphors for the daylight endin
May 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just when you thought i might have gone and tried to grow up on ya'all i have another wonderful picture book recommendation for everyone to check out: Little Night by Pura Belpre Award winning author and artist Yuyi Morales. Little Night begins at the end of the long day as
Mother Sky fills a tub with falling stars and calls, "Bath time for Little Night!"
Little Night answers from afar, "Can't come, I am hiding and you have to find me, Mama. Find me now!"
"Hmmm," Mother Sky looks down a rabbit hole
Scooping it Up
This is a favorite of my newest daughter, who is desperate for books that show characters that look like her, i.e. little girls with brown skin. Every night she asks for this book and I am happy to oblige.

This fact won't apply to many families out there, but book's flow and rhythm makes it easy to translate into Amharic, my daughter's language, which makes for a soothing bedtime read.

Each page depicts a little girl, who is the night, hiding from her mother the sky. She wants to be found, but pla
Aug 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
With soft, soothing colors and a whimsical story, I think this would be a perfect bedtime read. The Little Night character is adorably mischievous and the Mother Sky character is nurturing and playful. The story seems to end a bit abruptly, but otherwise it's a fun story to read aloud. We really enjoyed reading this book together.

This book was selected as one of the books for the September 2013 - Bedtime stories discussion at the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books Group here at Goodreads
Angela Dell
Little night is both written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales. She is, in my opinion, one of the most talented illustrators. This story is beautifully illustrated in a range of blues and purples to depict the characters of the night. Mother Sky and her daughter Little night live, play and wonder the night sky. Little night, like any other young child, is silly and lovable. She can not do anything without hiding form her mother first, take a bath, get dressed or eat to name a few. I would use this ...more
Carly Friedman
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Little Night is a simple book about a mother getting her daughter ready. She bathes, dresses, and feeds Little Night, each time having to find find her where she's hiding. The book has the most beautiful illustrations I have ever seen. They really capture the beauty of dusk and night - and of the special relationship between a mother and daughter.

My daughter and I read this book every night and just adore it!
SO GOOD! Gorgeous, sweet, lovely bedtime story. Mama and Little Night are going through their bedtime routine, and with each step Little Night hides and tries to put off bedtime just a little. It reminds me a lot of I Just Want to Say Good Night and when we rotate our PJ story time books I definitely want to add this one! ...more
I want to fall asleep between the pages of this book. So gorgeous.
I read this to our whole school (Prep - Gr6) as part of the Global Read Aloud in 2019. The kids enjoyed it but not as much as Yuyi's other books. They did make text connections to our work on fairytales, myths and legends ... especially creation stories.
Feb 03, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Little Night, written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales, is a bedtime story book that captivates readers with its delightful story and magnificent illustrations. The text is light-hearted and warm. Readers feel the genuine and loving relationship between the mother, Mother Sky, and her daughter, Little Night.
Little Night won both the 2008 American Library Association Notable Book Award (ALAN) and the 2008 Golden Kite Award. The ALAN is awarded to children’s books that are especially commendable
Yuyi Morales plays with the getting-ready-for-bed story as Mother Sky tries to coax Little Night into a bathtub of stars. The sun sets, and the sky cools and darkens Mother Sky’s skirts as she bathes and dresses a child more interested in playing hide-and-seek.

Little Night hides in places wherein night would blend, with animals and hues like a little night. The color scheme moves from warm sunset reds, oranges, pinks to cooling and harder-surfaced reds to deepening into purples and blues. The ev
Abby Everson
Mother Sky tries to get her baby, Little Night to sleep. She sets up her bath full of stars, but little night hides. Behind the hills, she spots Little night. The sun is setting as little night gets dressed. Her night gown is a crocheted with night clouds. Coming closer to nighttime, there is shade in the trees and there are lightning bugs appearing. Little night needs her milk from the Milky Way to go to sleep. Her hair pins are planets, bright and vivid. Soon, little night is upon the sky with ...more
Christine Turner
A stunning bilingual story by award winning author and illustrator Yuyi Morales.
As the long day comes to an end, Mother Sky fills a tub with falling stars and calls, "Bath time for Little Night!"
Little Night answers from afar, "Can't come. I am hiding and you have to find me, Mama. Find me now!"
Where could Little Night be? Down a rabbit hole? In a blueberry field? Among the stripes of bees? Exquisitely painted and as gentle as Little Night's dress crocheted from clouds, this is a story to treasu
May 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is common knowledge that Yuyi Morales is a color genius and a word magician, and with Little Night, she does it again. Yuyi's color palette is imaginative, unique and vibrant. Her colors are so deep. So sparkly. I am convinced they will glow in the dark if I were to turn off the light. I LOVE her combination of magenta and red with turquoise and purple.
her compositions are magical. My eye flows over the pages, dancing from one spread to the next.
Yuyi's text is lyrical and soothing, perfect
529_Quincy Owens
Little Night by Yuyi Morales is a short tale about Mother Sky and her playful daughter Little Night. Throughout the story, Mother Sky goes about her “motherly” routine of taking care of her daughter which includes; bathing, feeding, dressing, and combing her hair. All of these events happen in a “God” like manner. The Milky Way for instance is nothing more than nourishment for Little Night. The God’s in this book are definitely of Mexican descent. There are also numerous illustrations of buildin ...more
Jun 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enchanting! This is everything a picture book for babies and toddlers and preschoolers should be! Mother Sky leads her daughter Little Night through her bedtime routine of taking a bath, putting on pajamas, brushing her hair, etc. But it's Mother Sky, so Little Night bathes in falling stars, dresses in clouds, and gets stars in her hair. Little Night hides at each step along the way, telling her mama that she'll have to find her first. And, of course, Mama finds Little Night each time.

As always,
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: k-g-4, hispanic
I love this book, the storyline, the characters, the interplay of love. The illustrations are just wonderful. I was very moved by the author's dedication and notes in the back of the book.
Age Range: 2 - 6 years
Grade Level: Preschool - 1
This review is of the Roaring Brook Press; First Edition (April 3, 2007).
Note: a bilingual edition is scheduled for June 28th 2016 by Square Fish!
Little Night/Nochecita
Mi nieto loves Niño Wrestles the World as do I.
Yuyi Morales is a three-time PURA BELPRÉ
Little Night is a 2008 Americas Award Nominated book by Yuyi Morales. There is also a Spanish version of the book entitled, Nochecita. I read the English version of the book. First off, Yuyi Morales’ illustrations are simply phenomenal. The dreamy, flowy pictures match the book’s theme about bedtime. Mother Sky plays hide and seek with Little Night as part of their bedtime ritual. This would be a great bedtime read aloud book for young children for English or Spanish speakers since there are 2 v ...more
Morales, Yuyi. Little Night. New Milford, CT: Roaring Brook, 2007. Print. Ages 8-10. Little Night is a book about how "Little Night" is trying to hide from her mom and they are pretty much playing hide and go seek to be able to find each other while trying to also prepare dinner as well. This wasn't a very fun one to read, because the pictures to me, personally I didn't really enjoy that much, but some students might love it. Personally, I feel that this book isn't that really exciting and the g ...more
Linda Lipko
When Mother Sky tries to give her daughter Little Night a bath, Little Night plays a fansical game of hide and seek.

Always knowing where she could find her child, she looks for her in a loving way. Reaching out in the miles and miles of night sky, when she locates her child, she baths her and combs her hair, making swirls fascinted by three barets.

The barets anchor Little Night as they provide bright light of Venus, Mercury and Jupiter.

There is a magical, whimsical, wonderful air of this book.
Victoria Swisher
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-lit
Mother Sky says is searching for her Little Night who is not yet ready to be found. Little Night leads her mother in a game of hide-and-seek all across the country side. Eventually, Mother Sky catches up with Little Night and as they play catch with the moon, night has finally fallen over the country side.
I enjoyed how simple and sweet this story was, and also the cultural inspiration. The illustrations were very beautiful and contributed to the story very well. I would include this book in my c
Feb 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Little Night is another beautifully illustrated book by Yuyi Morales. Her illustrations are so lovely, and in this book she uses lots of dark purples, browns and reds to depict the night sky.
The story is about Mother Sky and her child Little Night as they play together. Mother Sky is very loving and playful with her child. It's a very lighthearted story, but Morales dedicated the story to two Mexican mothers she knows who are fighting poverty and illness to raise their children. This is a lovel
The beautiful illustrations I've come to expect from Yuyi Morales.

Mama Sky is brown and Little Night is black, complete with locs!

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Feb 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yuyi Morales' illustrations and words flow together through the pages of this spirit filled nocturnal tale of Mother Sky and her daughter, Little Night. Morales insight to beauty, love and nature is evident when reading and viewing the warm purples, reds, and browns along with the fullness of the mother and daughter in this picture book. This is a beautiful book to put any child (or adult) to sleep by.
Jul 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
What a beautiful book to read to a child at bedtime. While we are getting ready for bed, the mischevious Little Night keeps Mother Sky busy with a game of hide-and-seek while she tries to avoid getting ready for her day.

Yuyi Morales's story is perfectly complimented by her pastel illustrations. The book is truly a work of art. As you are reading, Mother Sky's skirt transforms from the flaming colors of a sunset to the soft violets and blues of night.
Stephanie Tournas
A poetic bilingual (Spanish) bedtime story. Mother Sky puts her playful daughter, Little Night, to sleep, but only after many games of hide and seek. Strong deep colors with a sprinkling of star light set the mood for night, and the playful affectionate patter of mother and daughter speak of unconditional love, as eternal as the night sky. A lovely book for bedtime sharing, whether the reader speaks Spanish or not.
May 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Little Night, by Yuyi Morales, shines with hues of the colorful night sky. The story, about a little girl, the personification of night, who wakes up when the rest of the world goes to sleep will delight kids with it's topsy-turvy viewpoint. As Mother Sky plays a game of hide-n-seek with Little Night, the girl gets ready for her day...errr... her night. Charming story and gorgeous art.
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Yuyi Morales is the illustrator of Kathleen Krull’s Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez, whose accolades include a Pura Belpré Award and a Christopher Medal, as well as the Pura Belpré Award-winning Los Gatos Black on Halloween by Marisa Montes. Born and raised in Mexico, she now lives in northern California.

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