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Each night before she goes to bed, Melinda counts the lights. Beginning with one, the night-light on her wall, she counts up to twenty airplanes. But she doesn't stop there! In ever greater panoramic sweeps, her imagination carries her farther and farther away from her home as she reaches big numbers such as fifty, one hundred, one thousand, all the way up to one million and the most distant lights of all - the stars in the sky. With a simple, poetic text and luminous artwork, Steven Schnur and Stacey Schuett have carried the counting book to new numerical heights.
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Steven Schnur is the author of Spring: An Alphabet Acrostic, among many other books for children. He lives in Scarsdale, New York, with his wife and three children.
Stacey Schuett's previous books include Somewhere in the World Right Now. She lives with her partner and their two children in Sebastopol, California.
Kindergarten-Grade 3-The first line of this counting book tells readers that, "Each night before she goes to bed,/Melinda counts the lights." After that, every other line rhymes as the little girl looks at the light sources within her home and out into an increasingly distant world as the numbers grow. The text is easy until children get to "nine" and must count pairs of raccoon eyes. Yet, when they count "twelve" headlights, it is the individual lamps, not pairs that are enumerated. Counting the 13 street lamps and 14 stoplights are simple but when viewers get to 15 skyscrapers, each tower has dozens of lighted windows. The 100 bars of lightning are virtually impossible to count as are the 1000 sparkling fireworks. However, this lovely picture book has much to offer despite its difficulties as a counting book. Schuett's beautiful illustrations are exceptionally well executed and appealing. The child and her cat are natural and engaging and the household conveys warmth. The outdoor scenes are vast and the lights are bright and prominent. The idea of a youngster thinking about the ever-widening parameters of her world is intriguing and well captured.
Marlene Gawron, Orange County Library, Orlando, FL
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Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 2000. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0374355223
Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # STR-0374355223
Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 2000. Condition: New. Stacey Schuett (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0374355223