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Striking graphic illustrations capture the odyssey from night to day and back again, a journey from the city into the country, and the evolution of streams and rivers into oceans, in a series of unusual transformations.
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PreSchool-Grade 1?"Night becomes day," and evolves into an interesting sequence of events that mark the changes wrought by time and circumstances, until day finally becomes night and the whole order of succession can begin again. Most of the journey is a logical one, as "river becomes ocean," "hill becomes mountain," and "cold becomes snow"; however, a few of the concepts, e.g., "building becomes cloud" and "new becomes birthday" are perhaps a bit more of a stretch. Somewhat similar to Ann Jonas's Round Trip (Greenwillow, 1983) in terms of the implied cyclical nature of things, the book attempts to show the connections between the natural and human-made worlds and is generally successful, although it lacks the visual cleverness of Jonas's work. Printed on recycled paper, McGuire's title sports two-dimensional, graphic-style, colored-pencil cartoons that suggest an almost '50s look. The figures are done in simplistic lines in flat color tones, yet offer a definite sense of forward movement, which is in keeping with the progressive theme of the book. While not necessarily a first purchase, Night Becomes Day could work well as a participatory read-aloud, providing a pleasant way for young listeners to discover the interconnectedness of human activity and nature.?Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI
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With '40s-style, airbrush-smooth illustrations and equally streamlined text, McGuire (The Orange Book) takes readers from country to city, summer to spring, dawn to dark. "Night becomes day/ And day becomes bright/ Bright becomes sun/ And sun becomes shine," begins the volume. Most key words logically flow into one another ("Mountain becomes peak... becomes valley"). Others take more of an imaginative leap: the sequence "Grass becomes food... becomes wool... becomes blanket" briskly links a grazing sheep to fibers to spinning and knitting. Readers zoom from a rural to an urban setting and back; the busy cycle concludes restfully with a dozing child snuggled in bed ("Dream becomes good... becomes night"). A certain aridity characterizes McGuire's hard-edged forms and brash fields of color, but the crisp compositions fairly whoosh by, particularly in scenes of commercial hustle and bustle. The author employs a mimimum of hues, placing retro yellows and powder-blues atop a white base, then jolting the eye with highlights of scarlet and grassy green. Visually and linguistically arresting. All ages.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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