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Once Upon a Northern Night

by Jean E. Pendziwol, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault

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list price: $14.95
edition:eBook
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published: July 2013
ISBN:9781554984022
Description

In this exquisite lullaby, the beauty and wonder of a northern winter night unfold, with images of a soft snowfall, the wild animals that appear in the garden, the twinkling stars, the gentle rhythm of the northern lights and the etchings of frost on the window pane.

As the young child sleeps, wrapped in a downy blanket, a snowflake falls, and then another and another. The poem describes the forest of snow-covered pines, where a deer and fawn nibble a frozen apple, and a great gray owl swoops down with its feathers trailing through the snow. Two snowshoe hares scamper and play under the watchful eyes of a little fox, and a tiny mouse scurries in search of a midnight feast. When the snow clouds disappear, stars light up the sky, followed by the mystical shimmering of northern lights - all framed by the frost on the window.

Jean E. Pendziwol's lyrical poem reflects a deep appreciation of the magic of a northern winter night where, even as a child slumbers, the world outside does not rest but continues its own natural rhythms.

Isabelle Arsenault's spare, beautifully rendered illustrations, with their subtle but striking use of color, make us feel that we too are experiencing the enchantment of that northern night. They simultaneously evoke winter's nighttime life and the cozy warmth and security of a beloved child's sleep.

About the Authors

Jean E. Pendziwol was born in Thunder Bay on Lake Superior and spent much of her childhood aboard her family’s sailboat, exploring the islands and bays of the inland sea. After working as a freelance writer and photographer, she spent several years focusing on raising her three children before publishing her first children’s book. She lives in Ontario, in the shadow of the Nor’Wester Mountains, with her husband, two of her three grown children, a loveable mutt, and three temperamental chickens, who sometimes lay eggs.

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Jean E. Pendziwol was born in Thunder Bay on Lake Superior and spent much of her childhood aboard her family’s sailboat, exploring the islands and bays of the inland sea. After working as a freelance writer and photographer, she spent several years focusing on raising her three children before publishing her first children’s book. She lives in Ontario, in the shadow of the Nor’Wester Mountains, with her husband, two of her three grown children, a loveable mutt, and three temperamental chickens, who sometimes lay eggs.

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
4 to 7
Grade:
k to 2
Reading age:
4 to 7
Awards
  • Short-listed, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award
  • Commended, Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year
  • Short-listed, TD Canadian Children's Literature Award
  • Short-listed, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Picture Book Award
  • Commended, A Quill & Quire Book of the Year
  • Short-listed, The Governor General's Literary Awards- Children's Literature- Text
  • Commended, Toronto Public Library's First and Best
Editorial Reviews

A reverent ode to the magic and wonder of an icy winter night.

— Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

This is a lovely wintry bedtime story, best for sharing one-on-one.

— School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

“A sweet and lovely tale of the magic of waking up to a world transformed by winter.”

— Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

A beautiful, lyrical celebration of northern light and night.

— Kirkus Review, STARRED REVIEW

[A] mixture of magic, wildlife and deep comfort.

— New York Times

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A gentle bedtime story

Winter narrates a loving lullaby while snow and frost transform the outdoor scene as a child sleeps. Arsenault's whimsical art is understated in charcoal tones with lots of white. Each double page spread features one colour; a bit of green or red or blue. The animals are lively, full of activity. The hares have rosy-cheeks like the sleeping child. Magical.

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