Smoky Night

Bibliographic Information: Bunting, Eve, and David Diaz. Smoky Night. San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1994. Print.

Brief Annotation: A young boy and his mother are victims of the Los Angeles Riots of 1992, awakened in the middle of the night they flee their home to a shelter, where two cats teach a powerful lesson of acceptance.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: K-4

Readers who will like this: Students who are interested in stories based on true events.

Rating/Response: 3 – This is a very simple book that can be used with a wide variety of ages, though I think the overall design of the book is distracting from the message of the book.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Why are following rules and laws important?

Reading Strategy: Social Studies

Rationale for strategy: This book would be a good read to introduce the topic of civic values and ideals to younger students.

Posted by: Olivia Cyr

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