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ISBN:9781554984022

Once Upon a Northern Night

by Jean E. Pendziwol, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault

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list price: $14.95
edition:eBook
also available: Hardcover
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 the shores of Lake Superior, and spent much of her childhood aboard her family’s sailboat, exploring the islands of the inland sea. She is the author of nine books for children. She was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Literature and the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award for her picture book, Once Upon a Northern Night, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault. She lives in the shadow of Ontario’s Nor’Wester Mountains.

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Isabelle Arsenault is an internationally renowned children’s book illustrator whose work has won many awards. Her books include Alpha, Virginia Wolf by Kyo Maclear, Cloth Lullaby by Amy Novesky, Once Upon a Northern Night by Jean E. Pendziwol and Migrant by Maxine Trottier.

Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault first collaborated on the graphic novel Jane, the Fox and Me, winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Illustration (French) and the Joe Shuster Awards for Best Writer and Best Artist. It was also named a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book.

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
4 to 7
Grade:
k to 2
Reading age:
4 to 7
Awards
  • Runner-up, Prix des Mini-Zinzins Cycle 3
  • Short-listed, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Picture Book Award
  • Short-listed, TD Canadian Children's Literature Award
  • Commended, Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year
  • Short-listed, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award
  • Short-listed, The Governor General's Literary Awards- Children's Literature- Text
  • Commended, A Quill & Quire Book of the Year
  • Commended, Toronto Public Library's First and Best
Editorial Reviews

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

— New York Times

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

— School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

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

— Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

A beautiful, lyrical celebration of northern light and night.

— Kirkus Review, STARRED REVIEW

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

— Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

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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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