Thursday, August 9, 2012

night magic

Come along on a nighttime walk in the woods with Henry. Carrying a jar full of fireflies to light the way, he follows the song of a whippoorwill. Deeper and deeper into the darkness he goes until the secrets of the night find him and, finally, so does the elusive bird. Henry's Night by D.B. Johnson and Linda Michelin is the fifth in a series of picture books depicting Henry David Thoreau as a curious, life-loving bear. Told in journal snippets, this story has summer night written all over it. You can practically smell the pines, feel the brambles on your hat, see 'white fog spreading wide across a mysterious lake' and 'the clouds erase the moon.' Henry's night walk is very magical. So is reading the book.

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