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Gillian Sze (CA)

Night is Deep and Wide, The

Night is Deep and Wide, The

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“A lovely visual lullaby to soothe youngest readers to sleep.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

Rich imagery, gentle rhythm and soothing repetition will lull your little one to sleep as the tulips close for the night, one by one. In this bedtime story written as an Italian villanelle, poet Gillian Sze makes use of the poetic forms of cyclic pattern and rhyme scheme to create a melodious lullaby.

A young child comes in from picking flowers as the creatures around their home all settle down for the evening. Songbirds curl against their mothers’ sides, the house slumps and sighs low, a hush settles as times slows. And little readers are invited to rest their heads and be soothed to sleep as moonlight falls on eyes that close.

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Gillian Sze is the author of multiple poetry collections and picture books, including My Love For You Is Always and You Are My Favourite Color. Her first picture book The Night is Deep and Wide was listed as one of the Best Books for Kids in 2021 by the New York Public Library. Originally from Winnipeg, she now resides in Montreal, where she teaches creative writing and literature.

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