The Longest Night

written by Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated by Ted Lewin

One very long night, a crow, a moose, and a fox all claim they can bring back the sun but the wind knows what is needed to end the darkness.

The Winter Solstice

This poetic tale realistically pictures, in both words and paintings, the phenomenon that is the winter solstice. Although the characters are animals they express the apprehension felt by ancient peoples as they anxiously awaited the sun's return following the longest night of the year. Amid the snow, darkness, and bitter wind, night-dark crow, mighty moose and clever fox each boast that it will get the sun to return, but the wind replies, "Not you,…Not you." Surprisingly, the wind chooses the tiny chickadee to wake the slumbering sun with her cheery song—"Dee-dee-dee." The watercolor paintings do a magnificent job setting the moonlight mood using just blues, browns, and greens.