Sunday, August 31, 2008

The House in the Night

While in Minnesota, we visited Birchbark Books in Minneapolis, an independent bookshop with a wonderful selection of picture books, young adult fiction and Native American literature (with a fabulous kids lofted play area). I picked up a book of poems by the owner, Louise Erdrich, called "Original Fire" and a lovely children's book by a Minnesotan author Susan Marie Swanson called "The House in the Night." It is beautifully illustrated by Beth Krommes of New Hampshire and was inspired by classic nursery rhymes with cumulative patterns. The book pulls you in with a golden key, which opens the door to a house. In the house there is a light, a bed and a book. We enter the book on a birds' song and view the "starry dark." As we begin to circle back to the key and the house and the bed, Swanson writes:
"Sun in the moon,
moon in the dark,
dark in the song,
song in the bird,
bird in the book..."

A truly, lovely bedtime story with magical illustrations.

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