Spohn Night Goes By

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Night Goes By

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Sun, Moon, and Star visit each other and take turns shining in the sky

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PreSchool-Grade 1?This is a tale of the friendship among the sun, the moon, the clouds, and a star. By personifying these atomospheric objects, Spohn develops a simple, lively, but at the same time calming and dreamy story. All of the pages have backgrounds of deep pastel blues, as though the whole world is sky. The characters all look vaguely familiar: the moon like a gray banana, the sun like a yellow M&M with feet, the star like a dark-blue kitten, the clouds like ghosts. By elongating shapes and giving them minimal facial and body characteristics?arms and legs, eyes and smiles?they look like playful toys. The medium of acrylic on canvas, with little gradation of color for shading and shadowing, gives the illustrations a solid look. These characters do not become aery and unsubstantial, but the whimsy of their interactions, related in short, direct sentences, comes through. As warm as the sun, as cool as the clouds, and altogether a successful story about nighttime that won't put readers to sleep.?Ruth K. MacDonald, Bay Path College, Longmeadow, MA
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

Spohn's (Broken Umbrellas; Fanny and Margarita) appealing paintings of Sun, Moon and Star outshine her pedestrian text in this slight book about sunset and sunrise. Sun is pictured as part balloon, part happy face, but, like the other characters, he has toddler-like habits. After Sun "is on all day with no nap," he feels "happy to see Moon, who is just glowing awake"; Sun calls out, "'Good night,'... to Moon before falling asleep." Cobalt-blue Star, in a diaphanous tutu, wakes up: "She stretches until she is feeling perky. She visits her friend Moon. Moon is happy to see Star." As ghostly clouds wave to them, Moon and Star laugh and dance all night. Spohn's oils evoke kindergarten chalk-drawings as she varies the colors in the background sky and surrounds the gray moon with a creamy glow. Although readers may enjoy the conceit of Star turning cartwheels and Sun sinking "with sleepiness," the story doesn't match the sweet charm of the simple illustrations. Ages 1-6.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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