A man who does not like the darkness of night finds a way to bring some light to it
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Kindergarten-Grade 3-- This original story from Venezuela sounds convincingly like a folktale, retold with folk simplicity. The hero is a simple peasant who does not like the night because it is dark. Every evening he complains to the night, who can do nothing to change its ways. Finally, the man pokes his finger through the night and makes a star. He finds the effect so wonderful that he creates many more, and even uses his fist to punch a hole large enough to be the moon. To celebrate the lightness of the night, the whole town turns out for a nighttime celebration. A kind of creation story, the tale progresses inevitably to its happy conclusion. The simplicity of the text is complemented by the primitive, somber watercolors, full of tone and depth, as befits a nighttime story. A compelling tale with elegant illustrations to complement it. --Ruth K. MacDonald, Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, Ind.
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