The Night is Deep and Wide9781459824812 | Board book
Illustrated by Sue Todd
Published by Orca Book Publishers, Mar. 2021
A young child comes in from picking flowers as the creatures around their home all settle down for the evening. Songbirds curl against their mothers' sides, the house slumps and sighs low, a hush settles as times slows. And little readers are invited to rest their heads and be soothed to sleep as moonlight falls on eyes that close.
Rich imagery, gentle rhythm and soothing repetition will lull your little one to sleep as the tulips close for the night, one by one. In this bedtime story written as an Italian villanelle, poet Gillian Sze makes use of the poetic forms of cyclic pattern and rhyme scheme to create a melodious lullaby.
Recognition:⌘ Best Books for Kids 2021 (New York Public Library)
⌘ Best Board Books of 2021 (Betsy Bird, School Library Journal)
⌘ The Best Kids' Books of 2021 So Far (Chapters Indigo)
⌘ Best Books for Babies 2022 (Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh)
Available online and hopefully at your local bookstore.
Some kind words:
★ It's time to sleep, and all of life knows it in this spare, sleepy-making board book written in villanelle form. ... A lovely visual lullaby to soothe youngest readers to sleep.
—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, STARRED REVIEW
...buy this book for the baby and keep reading it to them as they grow. And a book that grows with its readers is worth its weight in gold. Utterly lovely.
—SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
Sze's poetic description of nature's slow unwind from day into night and Todd's subdued colour palette of the illustrations do capture the quiet wonder of night and sleep ... Parents and caregivers are sure to use this board book over and over again during their child's bedtime routine.
—CM: CANADIAN REVIEW OF MATERIALS
While no book can promise a baby or child will capitulate to rest, Sze and Todd pull out all the stops...
—MONTREAL REVIEW OF BOOKS
Poet Gillian Sze has composed a soothing lullaby...Though written with newborns and the very young in mind, this board book can also be appreciated by readers of any age because of the arresting imagery.
—CANADIAN CHILDREN'S BOOK NEWS
This is the type of story that will be asked for repeatedly at bedtime!
The soft, repetitive phrases create an overall sense of calmness and relaxation, making it a great choice for bedtime reading. ... A great addition to any bedtime routine!
—THE MIRAMICHI READER