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FLY BY NIGHT by June Crebbin


by June Crebbin & illustrated by Stephen Lambert

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: May 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-56402-149-1
Publisher: Candlewick

 Little Blink sleeps by day, then waits at night for Mother Owl to come home. But on this day, at dawn, he begins asking her, ``Now? Is it time?'' The quiet, cadenced text describes what goes on nearby--beetles scuttling, a squirrel jumping past--as Blink impatiently waits and his mother repeats, ``Soon. Go back to sleep.'' At last, dusk deepens, the night breeze stirs with ``puff and nonsense,'' and it's time for his first flight. Young children will enjoy the reversal of night and day for a creature whose eagerness to wake and rise so resembles theirs; Lambert's gentle, soft-edged forms, restful designs, and appealing little owl are just the right complement for a book whose peaceful tone makes it, ironically, a perfect bedtime story. (Picture book. 3- 6)