No Star Nights by Anna Smucker

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Illus. in full color by Steve Johnson. "The story of a young girl growing up within the shadows of a great steel mill is eloquently depicted in this insightful, autobiographical picture book. Studded with vibrant imagery, the story subtly emphasizes the loving, caring, respectful relationships within a steelworker's family. Cleanly executed pages, evocative illustrations, and manageable vocabulary make this a unique purchase for a broad age range."—School Library Journal

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Steve Johnson was born in White Bear Lake, Minnesota and earned a B.F.A. in illustration from the School of Associated Arts in St. Paul, Minnesota. Steve's stunning illustrations have been seen in many magazines, but it was not until Knopf asked him to illustrate No Star Nights in 1989 that he began his career as a children's book illustrator. Since then, Steve and his wife Lou Fancher has collaborated on the illustrations and design on a number of notable children's books.  They are currently among the most sought after of children's book artists.  Steve and Lou fell in love with the My Many Colored Days manuscript at first sight, seeing in it an unusual opportunity to create something that is at once both childlike and sophisticated. Steve and Lou currently reside in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  
Published April 25, 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 52 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The narrator describes Dad's work on the night shift (operating a crane to lift steel ingots into a fiery pit) and the precious family time when he was neither at work nor asleep;

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PW likened this book about childhood in a steel-mill town to an ``oral history'' enhanced by ``richly textured and subtly shaded paintings.'' Ages 3-8.

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