Academic journal article Language Arts

Before Morning

Academic journal article Language Arts

Before Morning

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Before Morning Written by Joyce Sidman Illustrated by Beth Krommes Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016, unpaged, ISBN 978-0-547-97917-5

"How powerful are words?" Newbery Honorwinning author Joyce Sidman's words are powerful indeed; they have the power to move us and to remind us of what is most important in our busy lives. In her latest picturebook collaboration with Caldecott medalist Beth Krommes, Sidman offers readers an invocation, described in an author's note as "a poem that invites something to happen." The text expresses a simple wish: a young girl's desire for a snow day. Yet, embedded in that wish is so much more. Krommes's scratchboard and watercolor illustrations offer narrative accompaniment, placing readers in a household where the mother, an airplane pilot, packs to leave her family in the early morning hours. …

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