Before Morning

Before Morning book cover

The magic of a snow day is enjoyed by a busy family. This boook is a reminder to slow down and enjoy the beauty of the world.

Before Morning
by Joyce Sidman; illustrated by Beth Krommes
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016
Picture book, fiction
Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Interest Level: K-3; Read Level: 3.8
5 out of 5 stars

The author’s note in the back of the book call this story an invocation, “a poem that invites something to happen, often asking for help or support.” Starting with the image on the endpaper inside the front cover, Beth Krommes scratchboard and watercolor illustrations depict the bustle of a busy city, and we follow one family as night begins to fall.

Before Morning features very little text, so the intricate cross-hatched illustrations carry most of the story. A child is sad as her mother tucks her in to bed at night. We see that the mother is dressed in her pilot’s uniform and must leave her sleeping family behind to catch the train and go to work.

Readers are carried through a magical transformation as snowflakes fall and interrupt the busy cross-hatch illustrations, just as the blanket of snow transforms the city and interrupts the busy cycle of life.
Anyone who has enjoyed a day off from work or school will enjoy this nearly wordless book. It is a magical story about wishes, dreams, and the beauty and peace of a loving family.

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