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All Ears, All Eyes

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Poetic ode to animals in the night woods great for bedtime.

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Kids will be all ears and eyes as they're read aloud this poetic book about animals slipping stealthily through the night woods. All Ears, All Eyes transports readers to that dusky, darkening hour when sight dims and we strain to see animals who are awake and moving about. Throughout, the language is elevated and poetic. Some passages may be easier for kids to grasp than others. Some very catchy ones are short and sweet, for instance, "Vole hole," "Deer here," and "What scoots between roots?" Others might initially be a little more slippery, but will gain meaning on rereadings, for instance, "Nature's ark glows, gathers tiny and tall, splendid and small."

Readers' eyes will adjust to the dusky, indistinct forms disguised in Katherine Tillotson's clever art as they would to the dim light of dusk and growing darkness. And the suggestion of sleep at the end is a perfect cap to the experience, in this dreamy book that feels as magical as a darkening day.

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