One Winter's Night by John Herman

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Martha is only a cow, but even a cow needs a safe, warm place on such a cold, snowy night-especially when she is about to give birth. She finds a house, but it is deserted. She finds a barn, but it is locked. Meanwhile, in a parallel story depicted only through art spots, a man and a woman and a donkey make their way across these same wintry fields. At last, Martha follows a star in the east to a shed . . . but she is not alone there. The man and woman are sheltering there too, and in a wonderfully mysterious way, another baby is about to be born this winter's night.

Leo and Diane Dillon's art blends warmly with John Herman's lyrical text as parallel journeys of two very special mothers merge in this soft, gentle tale about one miraculous night.
 

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Leo Dillon was born in Brooklyn, New York on March 2, 1933. He attended Parsons School of Design in New York City, where he met his wife Diane (Sorber) Dillon. They graduated in 1956, married in 1957, and soon became a husband and wife team of illustrators. During his lifetime, they published over 40 children's books including Hakon of Rogen's Saga by Eric Hagard, The Ring in the Prairie by John Bierhorst, The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales by Virginia Hamilton, and If Kids Ran the World. They won the Caldecott Medal in 1976 for Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears by Verna Aardema and in 1977 for Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions by Margaret Musgrove. They also won a Coretta Scott King Award and five Coretta Scott King Honors. In 2002, they published the first picture book they wrote themselves, Rap a Tap Tap: Here's Bojangles-Think of That! They also created cover designs for adult science fiction books. He died from complications of lung surgery on May 26, 2012 at the age of 79. Virginia Hamilton was the first Black to win the Newbery Medal. She has also been awarded the Coretta Scott King Award, the National Book Award, and the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Leo and Diane Dillon have won the Caldecott Medal twice.
 
Published September 22, 2003 by Philomel. 40 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Alternating monochromatic vignettes that resemble old-style etchings with larger scenes done with softened lines and muted colors, the Dillons elaborate on hints in the text to set the episode on an abandoned New England or Midwestern farm—relatively recently, to judge from such sparse, small d...

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Alternating monochromatic vignettes that resemble old-style etchings with larger scenes done with softened lines and muted colors, the Dillons elaborate on hints in the text to set the episode on an abandoned New England or Midwestern farm—relatively recently, to judge from such sparse, small det...

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