Caldecott Medalist Gerstein …lifts two everyday miracles up for celebration—the way that night transforms objects into unfamiliar forms and shadows, and the way that morning restores them to their original splendor. …For Gerstein, night is not a problem to be solved. The boy wanders without anxiety, and everything unfolds with a sense of leisurely pleasure. He wonders at the starry sky Now, animals begin to gather in anticipation: deer, an owl, a porcupine, rabbits. “It’s coming,” they murmur. What’s coming is clear, but readers will find their hearts beating faster despite themselves. The sky begins to lighten…. A turn of the page and the sky grows brighter; …Yet another
page turn, and the boy greets the rising sun. “It’s here!” says Sylvie. The sun casts long yellow rays, and the flowers are revealed in all their glory. It’s a remarkable achievement, gratifying for the way simple pencil lines and casual strokes of color are used to create the luminous spreads. Gerstein’s sure eye and patient observation of each moment of the dawn provide all the drama this narrative needs.