This beautiful picture book is a gentle, dreamlike tale about heading home in the night. 

A web of enchantment draws readers into this affecting story.
— Publishers Weekly, starred review
978-1-77138-663-0 | Apr 4, 2017 List Price: CAD $18.95 4-color 8 x 10 1/4 32 pages Grades: PreSchool To 2 / Ages: 3 to 7

978-1-77138-663-0 | Apr 4, 2017

List Price: CAD $18.95

4-color 8 x 10 1/4 32 pages

Grades: PreSchool To 2 / Ages: 3 to 7

THE WAY HOME IN THE NIGHT

 Written by Akiko Miyakoshi

Illustrated by 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.

...this reflective, dreamy tale with its timeless art is a must for the bedtime shelf.
— Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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