The Way Home in the Night

 
Akiko Miyakoshi
Akiko Miyakoshi
 

A mother rabbit and her young bunny are on their way home in the dark night. “My mother carries me through the quiet streets,” the bunny explains. “Most of our neighbors are already home.” The bunny can see their lights in the windows, and hear and smell what they might be doing: talking on the phone, pulling a pie out of the oven, having a party, saying goodbye. When they reach home, the father rabbit tucks the bunny into bed. But the bunny continues to wonder about the neighbors' activities. “Are the party guests saying goodnight? Is the person on the phone getting ready for bed?” And what of the footsteps that can be heard in the street as the bunny falls asleep? “Will she take the last train home?” This beautiful picture book captures the magical wonder a child feels at being outside in the night. Award-winning author and illustrator Akiko Miyakoshi's softly focused black-and-white illustrations with just a touch of neutral color have a dreamlike quality, just right for nodding off to sleep with. The book is intriguing in that it contains twice-told stories, once as they are observed and second as the bunny imagines them. This offers a perfect prompt for young children to create extensions of other stories they have read or heard. A deeper reading could encourage critical thinking by comparing the different pastimes of the neighbors or, ultimately, what it means to be home.

978-1-77138-663-0 | Apr 4, 2017
List Price: USD $16.95, CAD $18.95
4-color 8 x 10 1/4 32 pages
Grades: PreSchool To 2 / Ages: 3 to 7
978-1-77138-897-9 | Apr 4, 2017
List Price: USD $9.99, CAD $9.99

Educational Resources

Adult Directed
370L

Awards & Reviews

“A web of enchantment draws readers into this affecting story.”
— Publishers Weekly, Starred Review, February 2017
“... this reflective, dreamy tale with its timeless art is a must for the bedtime shelf.”
— Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review, February 2017
“This is a lovely book about experiences which are universal and universally shared.”
— Booklist, February 2017
2016 - Bologna Ragazzi Award (Japanese Edition), Bologna Book Fair, Commended

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