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The House in the Night

by Jean Van't Hul
November 28, 2009



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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