Light Up the Night by Jean Reidy

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When it’s time to sleep, it’s nice to know there’s a place that’s safe.  In a cozy house, in a comfy bed, under a blanket that’s white and red under stars so bright they light up the night in your own little piece of the universe.

About Jean Reidy

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Jean Reidy ( is a freelance writer whose articles and essays have appeared in more than fifty publications, including FamilyFun and The Christian Science Monitor. Her first two picture books, Too Pickley! and Too Purpley!, were both published by Bloomsbury USA and illustrated by Genevieve Leloup. She lives in Denver with her husband and four children.Margaret Chodos-Irvine ( is the illustrator of several books for children, including Buzz, an ABA Pick of the Lists and a Los Angeles Times Book Review Best Book of the Year, and her own Caldecott Honor Book Ella Sara Gets Dressed. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband and two daughters.
Published October 11, 2011 by Hyperion Book CH. 40 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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The slow-building rhyme echoes the cumulative structure of “The House That Jack Built”: “These are the planets that circle the sun, / which hides its face when the day is done, / while stars glow bright / and light up the night, / in my own little piece of the universe.” The soothing rhythms and ...

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Removing the red-and-white quilt from his bed, the narrator fashions it into an open-cockpit jet and blasts into outer space: “These are my galaxy stars so bright—/ they light up the heavens late at night/ in my own little piece of the universe.” The cumulative verse follows the boy’s jou...

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