Once Upon a Northern Night (Hardcover)

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A poetic celebration of the wonders of a cold winter's night. While a child sleeps in his warm bed, the animals look for food and frost settles gently on the windowpane. Gorgeous illustrations convey the simple, stark feelings of a snowy night. — Whitney Kaaz

A beautiful addition to any library. Pendziwol's text paints picture of a snowy night and all the sights, sounds, and creatures one might happen upon. A lovely lullaby- especially for those who love Owl Moon.

— Marika McCoola


In this exquisite lullaby, a parent paints a picture of a northern winter night for their sleeping child, describing the beauty of a snowfall, the wild animals that appear in the garden, the twinkling stars, the gentle rhythm of the northern lights and the etchings of frost on the window pane.

As the young child sleeps, wrapped in a downy blanket, a snowflake falls, and then another and another. The parent describes the forest of snow-covered pines, seeing a deer and fawn nibbling a frozen apple, a great gray owl swooping down with its feathers trailing through the snow. Two snowshoe hare scamper and play under the watchful eyes of a little fox, and a tiny mouse scurries in search of a midnight feast. When the snow clouds disappear, stars light up the sky, followed by the magical shimmering of the northern lights -- all framed by the frost on the window.

Jean E. Pendziwol's lyrical poem reflects a deep appreciation of a northern winter night, a desire to share it with her sleeping child and the love that underlies that wish.

Isabelle Arsenault's spare, beautifully rendered illustrations, with their subtle but striking use of color, make us feel that we too are experiencing the enchantment of that northern night.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781554981380
ISBN-10: 1554981387
Publisher: Groundwood Books
Publication Date: July 30th, 2013
Pages: 32
Language: English
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