The Sound of Day / The Sound of Night by Mary O'Neill

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A family gets ready to greet a new baby

As a father helps his children get ready for school, the busy sounds of day unfold:

Bus honks and bells,
Dishes and shoes,
Whirring of tires and
Crackle of news . . .

Then night falls and the sounds are different:
Wind singing,
Sometimes rain
Slapping leaves on
Windowpane . . .

But this is no ordinary day – or night. Listening to the clock tick, this family is waiting for something exciting to happen – and it does, when a new baby arrives.

Rich, playful paintings combine with lyrical language to tell a warm, vibrant story of family.
 

About Mary O'Neill

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Mary O’Neill’s (1905–90) memorable poetry includes Hailstones and Halibut Bones, a New York Times Book Review Best Book. Cynthia Jabar has illustrated a number of picture books, including her own. She lives in Portland, Maine.
 
Published January 1, 1999 by Dk Pub (T). 32 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Noisy daytime words conjure indelible impressions conveying sounds: “clatter,” “whirring,” “crackle.” Energetic forms move through the day and into night, building a contrast between morning and evening, bright and dark, bustling and calm.

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