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The House in the Night




There is a very special book that Maia is requesting almost every night now. It’s called The House in the Night and is written by poet Susan Marie Swanson and illustrated by Beth Krommes. The text is lyrical and magical and we all love it. Harry and myself as much as Maia. Here’s how it starts out:

Here is the key

    to the house.

In the house

    burns a light.

In that light

    rests a bed.

On that bed

    waits a book.

In that book

    flies a bird.

(And then the magic really begins! See the child on the bird in the photo below?)


We’ve also been reading and enjoying her other books, including To Be Like the Sun and The First Thing My Mama Told Me.

On Tuesday, I will post an interview with Susan Marie Swanson, the author, about her writing and on sharing poetry with children. Readers (that’s you, dear friend) will have a chance to win a signed copy of this book! This would make a wonderful gift for a small child in your life so make sure to check back early next week.



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    November 28, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    The book looks beautiful, I will have to find a copy.

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    November 28, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    I love this book. We had it from the library last year. Can’t wait for the interview. Happy reading.

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    Our Cozy Little Book and Art Corner
    November 28, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    we love this book! I can’t wait to read the interview and for a chance to win the book!

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    November 28, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    We love this book! It is beautiful.

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    November 29, 2009 at 2:18 am

    We borrowed ‘To be like the sun’ from our local library and loved it, this one looks great too.

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    November 30, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    I’m so glad you’ll be featuring this book- I had the luck to meet the author and illustrator (and see Beth Krommes give her Caldecott acceptance!) this summer, and they are two amazing, gracious people. Susan Marie Swanson writes so beautifully, I’m looking forward to reading what she has to say.

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    December 2, 2009 at 11:31 am

    We checked this out from the library a couple of weeks ago. Beautiful.

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