Once Upon a Northern Night

Picture Books | August 1, 2013

byJean E. PendziwolIllustratorIsabelle Arsenault

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Once Upon a Northern Night has received starred reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal.

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.

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Once Upon a Northern Night has received starred reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal. 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 c...

Jean E. Pendziwol is the author of Marja's Skis, which she wrote after hearing stories told by her husband's grandmother who grew up in a Finnish farming and logging community in northern Ontario, and also the author of Dawn Watch and The Red Sash, both illustrated by Nicolas Debon. Jean E. lives in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Isabelle Arsenault is a very talented Quebec illustrator who has won an impressive number of awa...

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Format:Picture BooksDimensions:32 pages, 10.5 × 8.5 × 0.4 inPublished:August 1, 2013Publisher:Groundwood Books LtdLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1554981387

ISBN - 13:9781554981380

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