Flashlight by Betsy James

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Waking up in the dark at Grandpa's house can be scary--the door in the hallway looks like a cave, and that noise could be a bear. Lucky for Marie, the bear is really Grandpa, who's come to offer some reassurance and a flashlight that will make the dark house a lot less spooky. The beam of the flashlight makes the shadows disappear, reveals familiar objects, and illuminates the moths and mosquitoes dancing against the screen door. From the warmth of its light comes a newfound strength--suddenly even bears can be tamed, and one little girl's fear of the dark melts away. Stacey Schuett's vibrant illustrations perfectly capture the mood of this bedtime adventure as well as the special bond between a child and her wise grandpa.  

About Betsy James

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Betsy James is the award-winning author and illustrator of more than a dozen books for children and young adults. She continues to write, paint, teach, and hike in the deserts near her home in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Stacey Schuett has illustrated numerous books for children, including "America Is..."by Louise Borden, "Night Lights" by Steven Schnur, and "Purple Mountain Majesties" by Barbara Younger. She lives in Sebastopol, California.
Published November 11, 1997 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books. Fiction

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While staying overnight at Grandpa's, young Marie is scared once the lights are out: ``Mom and Dad are far away, in the bedroom down the hall.'' She is nervous on the fold-out couch in the living room.

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Taking a fresh tack on a tired theme, James (Mary Ann) arms the young heroine of this picture book against the dark with the gift of a flashlight.

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