Books by Christopher G. Night

DAYS OF THE DEAD by Kathryn Lasky
Released: Oct. 28, 1994

An unforgettable photo-essay of a farm family in rural Mexico by Lasky (The Librarian Who Measured the Earth, p. 1131, etc.; Beyond the Burning Time, see p. 1410) and Knight, the husband-and- wife team that most recently produced Surtsey: The Newest Place on Earth (1993, ALA Notable Book). Los D°as de Muertos, the Days of the Dead, are the Mexican equivalent of Halloween. We follow the de Jesus family as they prepare for the celebration to honor their dead. The small amount of historical exposition, tracing the holiday to Aztec traditions, does not distract from the portrayal of this fascinating holiday and culture. There are hints that Mexican farm life is profoundly different from our own—for example, in the family's matter-of-fact attitude as it visits the grave of an infant sibling. Imbued with a strong sense of death as a natural part of life's cycle, these photographs show a rich life. A revealing, thoughtful exercise in multiculturalism. (Glossary) (Nonfiction. 8-12) Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 29, 1993

The summer following third grade, Meribah Knight and her noted author-photographer parents (Dinosaur Dig, 1990) made a pilgrimage to some of the sites in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and South Dakota that she had read about in the ``Little House'' books. The trip is recorded here in excerpts from Meribah's diary, in her mother's evocative prose, and in her father's lucid color photos. The whole successfully communicates a child's view of this attempted journey into the past; but because the focus is as much on the contemporary girl as on the long-ago Laura, the book isn't particularly informative. Readers with more than a cursory interest in the subject will prefer William Anderson's Laura Ingalls Wilder Country (1990). (Nonfiction/Picture book. 7-10) Read full book review >
MONARCHS by Kathryn Lasky
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

A splendid depiction of one the few true migratory butterflies, which journey from the coast of Maine to the forests of El Rosario, Mexico, and Pacific Grove, California, where they gather by the millions to winter. Lasky and a group of children observe the monarch in Maine, then travel to Mexico and California to see the species in its other habitat. Impressive detail, including the life cycle, renders the science adventure even more exciting; Lasky also covers naturalists' efforts to protect the monarch's habitat and the annual ``Friends of the Monarch'' parade in Pacific Grove (``Butterfly Town, USA''), when townsfolk dress as butterflies, flowers, and caterpillars, and raise money to save the few butterfly groves. Excellent color photos throughout enhance a book that truly captures the wonder of these intrepid creatures. (Nonfiction. 7+) Read full book review >