Forest Bright, Forest Night words by Jennifer Ward illustrations by Jamichael Henterly Dawn Publications
Whether it is day or night, someone is always awake in the forest, and someone else is always asleep! Forest Bright, Forest Night is a flip book that takes a look at animals who are alert in daytime and sleep at night (diurnal), and animals who are alert at night and are sleepyheads during the day (nocturnal). Plus, be sure to count the animals. You FLIP THIS BOOK from day to night and back-a nice hands-on way to show the same view day and night. Teachers: this book is a very pleasant way to combine integrate science and literature.
Awards and Reviews
2009 Giverny Book Award
Learning Magazine Teacher’s Choice Award
Izaack Walton League Book of the Year
ABA Book Sense Children’s Pick
Forest Bright Forest Night is a beautifully illustrated book that is ideal for reading aloud to kindergarteners studying cycles or communities of organisms. Begin with the book “right-side up” and share a simple, four- or five-word rhyming phrase to describe forest organisms during the day. Then, turn the book upside down and explore the night time forest with the same delightful poetic text. The engaging graphic design is an ideal, hands-on way to show that there is a difference in what is happening during the day and during the night. Integrating science and language arts, the author provides young children with a good introduction to animals in the forest and lets children know about what can happen to nocturnal animals during the night.
— National Science Teacher’s Assoc. website (www.nsta.org) Marilyn Cook (July 2005)
Using a rhythmic text and a turn-it-over format, this offering explores the concept that some forest animals are diurnal while others are nocturnal. The details of the lush, almost surreal, illustrations realistically convey the creatures’ appearances and activities. The imaginative interpretation of the landscape and its inhabitants offers youngsters an unusual perspective of forest life. During daylight hours, they can observe deer splashing through a stream while an owl dozes in a nearby tree, snakes staring at sleeping foxes, and blue jays squawking as skunks snooze in a hollow log. After turning the book over to the “forest night,” readers see the deer bedded down while the owl searches for food, the foxes on the prowl as the snakes rest in a tangled bunch, and the skunks scurrying about while a jay sleeps with its head tucked beneath its wing. The strong artwork will hold children’s interest as they search for all of the hidden animals. A fun introduction to nature. — School Library Journal (October 2005)
What a wonderful treat! This two-in-one book richly describes the wonders of the forest in a sing-song rhyme. — ABA Book Sense – Summer 2005 Children’s Picks – Grace Roth