FICTION

What Color Is Night?

Chronicle. Nov. 2019. 44p. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9781452179926.
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PreS-Gr 2–This book asks readers to take a moment and think about what colors they see in the night? Is everything just black and white? Snider helps children (and adults) look beyond the darkness and see the beautiful colors that appear in the night. Some of the hues are natural like the golden glow of fireflies, a still blue pond, and the green-eyed radiance of nighttime animals. Others might be man-made (red neon signs, car lights, even cereal!), they still add color to the night. The graphic style illustrations have a deep saturated matte background, which makes the other colors rich and vivid. The text takes the form of a sweet lullaby that will soothe little ones to sleep. Older children might become curious and eager to stay up and explore the many colors of the night. Just as It Looked Like Spilt Milk opened the door for multiple teaching opportunities, so does this book. It brings in the science of nocturnal animals, astronomy, and space exploration. Children can learn more about famous artists such as Vincent van Gogh and his infamous The Starry Night.
VERDICT This simple picture book opens children’s eyes and minds to things they don’t often think about and offers endless possibilities for exploration.

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