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Night ride to Nanna's
Koralek, Jenny.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, MA : Candlewick Press, 2000.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 28 cm
A young girl describes the special things she sees when her family makes a nighttime trip to her grandparents' house.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.9 0.5 46097.
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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Jenny Koralek and Mandy Sutcliffe evoke the feelings of comfort and safety that come from being on the road to a very special place-and of knowing you are loved, both going and coming.

Amy loves the night ride to her grandmother's house. She loves all the sounds and smells and sights along the way--her parents singing in the car, the aroma of roasting chestnuts at the downtown market, and the bridge lit up against the night sky. But more than anything, she loves arriving at Nanna's house. For though this means the ride is over, Amy's visit is just beginning.

Author Notes

Jenny Koralek says, "I was inspired to write NIGHT RIDE TO NANNA'S after my two small grandchildren came to stay with us, having traveled across the city and the river in the night to our house. I believe every child in the world is entitled to such an experience--to travel from one safe, known, loved place to another."

Mandy Sutcliffe says, "I wanted my paintings to convey the warmth the words hold for me. As I worked, I remembered childhood journeys--the cozy feeling of sitting in the back seat watching the world go by."

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-8. Amy loves the nighttime car ride from her city home to her grandmother's suburban house. She gets to wear her pajamas in the car and listen to her parents sing. Although her baby brother falls asleep, Amy stays up and watches all the excitement out the window. She sees a lucky boy with a red balloon at a market, waves at people on buses, and watches for the bright lights of the bridge. Eventually she winds up at the familiar house, where she is tucked into bed and she falls asleep listening to the adults laugh at jokes. This gentle family story is accompanied by soft, realistic illustrations. The muted colors of the pictures and soft refrain ("Amy loves the night ride to Nanna's") combine to make this excellent bedtime fare. --Marta Segal

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Reading this gentle story is like snuggling under a cozy quilt. After dinner, Amy, her parents, and her baby brother get ready for a trip to her grandparents' house. As they drive through the city and into the suburbs, the girl enjoys many familiar sights. The vivid images include the sluggish pace of rush-hour traffic, the roasting chestnuts and fruit displayed in front of a market, a boy holding a red balloon, the facial expressions of the tired people riding a bus, and the reflection of a bridge's lights in the river below. When they reach their destination, Amy is joyfully greeted by her smiling grandparents and then falls asleep to the comforting sound of "-everyone laughing at one of Dad's jokes." Soft paintings done in acrylic and mixed media glow with warmth and affection. Headlights, streetlights, house lights, and even the stars seem to twinkle with anticipation, as Amy looks forward to her visit and revels in the journey itself.-Joy Fleishhacker, formerly at School Library Journal (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.