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A comforting book for children who fear the dark celebrates all the wonderful things that happen in darkness, from pregnancy and seed sprouting to the darkest hour before the dawn, and the text is accompanied by shadowy illustrations.
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PreSchool-Grade 2-Darkness is not an easy concept to talk about or illustrate, yet this book succeeds in doing both. The prose approaches poetry-blank verse-in its rich evocativeness. The text is descriptive as well as laudatory of darkness, as a condition of the womb and of underground, where living things start; as a condition inside the head, as the source of creativity; as a variation of the weather; and as a normal diurnal pattern. For a book about darkness, this one is unusually light-there are many degrees and varieties of it, and black and deep blue do not predominate. As Walter notes, even shadows have their different depths and shades. The paintings are done in acrylic on canvas, sometimes piled on thick, sometimes streaked so that the texture of the canvas shows through, giving another dimension to darkness, a depth echoed in the text. There is a certain abstract quality to the subject, to the illustration, to the narration, all of which become surprisingly vivid and realistic under the careful hands of author and illustrator.
Ruth K. MacDonald, Bay Path College, Longmeadow, MA
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Ages 4^-7. A mood piece about the positive attributes of darkness begins by asking children, "Are you afraid of the dark?" From falling stars to the shadows of friends, from the safety of the womb to the crystal waters that bubble from beneath the earth, Walter takes note of the beautiful and nurturing elements of darkness. The striking double-page-spread acrylic paintings effectively support the text, which is occasionally awkward. With the texture of oil pastels, they are filled with blazing sunsets, undersea life, and tropical flora, making the book a strong choice for theme-related story times or group readings (despite the lack of plot). The intimacy of Walter's language also makes the book a natural for sharing one on one. Janice Del Negro
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Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, New York, NY, U.S.A., 1995. Hard Cover Ilustrated Boards. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Jameson, Marcia (illustrator) (illustrator). First Edition. Seller Inventory # 4000813
Book Description Simon & Schuster, 1995. Library Binding. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110689803052
Book Description Simon & Schuster (Juv), 1995. Library Binding. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0689803052