Bright Winter Night

Bright Winter Night
Co-Authors / Illustrators
  • Ashling Lindsay
Publisher Name
Two Lions
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Release Date
December 01, 2022
The forest calls, and creatures come:
big and small, one by one.
They sense there is a task to do
as night descends, replacing blue.
On one bright winter night, a group of woodland creatures emerges from the forest. Despite their differences, they start to build something together, using items found on the forest floor. What are they making? And how quickly can they build it? Something special is happening tonight, and soon the animals are off—in a race to catch a glimpse of one of nature’s most astounding wonders! With lyrical text and sparkling artwork, Bright Winter Night is a celebration of the joy and beauty of nature and the special gift of friendship and togetherness.

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lovely, rhyming picture book about winter and teamwork
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BRIGHT WINTER NIGHT is a sweet, rhyming picture book read about the magic of winter and teamwork. The animals are all gathering together in winter for a special task. Each animal has their role to play as they work together to build a sleigh. They then travel on it to a special place where they can view the Northern Lights and fall asleep in the peace of the night.

What I loved: The rhyming text was really lovely to read aloud and to hear, carried throughout the story. The illustrations are quite unique, fully capturing the forest, the snow, and the animals on each page. The magic of winter and importance of teamwork come across as the animals work together on this important task of creating a sleigh and getting to where they can all view the Northern Lights. The soft colors and rhyming text make this a great choice for a bedtime book that will lull readers to sleep at the end of a busy day.

What left me wanting more: As a small thing, some of the phrases are a bit stilted and can feel like they change the rhythm of the story to fit in a particular sentence. It is also not clear why the animals come together for this or why they have to build the sleigh, but some children will not mind enjoying the whimsy of the story without explanations.

Final verdict: BRIGHT WINTER NIGHT is a lovely, rhyming picture book about teamwork and the beauty of winter that will work well for bedtime.
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