Thursday, May 03, 2007

playing hide & seek with the night

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. She puts her cheek on the darkest sand. When she peeks behind the hills, whom does she see?
After finding her, Mother Sky bathes her and unfolds her dress crocheted of clouds but again Little Night runs away to hide. Looking behind trees and in bat caves, after dinner and all through the night mother and child play their games. Ravens, blueberries, fireflies, moths and stars all figure into this bedtime story which is truly playtime for Little Night. Illustrated with Morales's lovely, and vibrant paintings in deep shades of blues, reds, mauves, and indigos makes this the perfect evening tale.

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