Roy Owen My Night Forest

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My Night Forest

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9780027690057: My Night Forest

This original bedtime book explores the five senses by taking readers on a nighttime journey deep into the forest and into the lives of five favorite animals: an owl, a wolf, a bear, a deer, and a mouse. Drawing on the richness of her mixed culture heritage, illustrator Amy Cordova works from dreams and visions, introduing images that encourage a love and respect for Earth and its inhabitants. Full color.

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A poetic exploration of the senses serves as a bedtime story in this resonant book. "If I could see what the owl sees/ I think I could see where the young salmon go," the text begins, then piles up images that facilitate readers' perceptions of the world around them-if I could hear what the wolf hears, the child narrator continues, if I could smell like the bear, taste like the deer, touch like the mouse. Past and future begin to fuse visually and textually as the child is put gently to bed: "If I could touch what the mouse touches/ I think I could feel... all of the babies who have slept here before me." First-time illustrator Cordova infuses the tale with vibrant, Hispanic folk imagery, framing each page with motifs that flow from the text. The compositions themselves vary in strength-the human characters look awkward, but the animals are so tenderly and sensuously rendered as to invite the reader's touch. Ages 1-7.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal:

PreSchool-Grade 1?A youngster ponders the world outside before bedtime. Owen's soothing language considers what an owl sees, a wolf hears, a bear smells, a deer tastes, and a mouse touches. The child's mother's calm voice completes the lullaby with promises of more explorations tomorrow. Cordova's strong, simple mixed-media illustrations complement the text. Their flat designs and blocks of color recall folk-art technique. A gentle book that underscores the relationships among living creatures, perfect for sharing as the world winds down to sleep.?Kathy Piehl, Mankato State University, MN
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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