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Book Title: Twilight Comes Twice|
The author of the book: Ralph Fletcher
Date of issue: October 20th 1997
ISBN 13: 9780395848265
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 3.59 MB
Edition: Clarion Books
Read full description of the books Twilight Comes Twice:Sunsets and sunrises have always been special to me especially when they involve bodies of water. In college, I was fortunate enough to live in a dorm next to the Elizabeth River where I was able to enjoy daily sunsets. The beauty of the sun reflecting on the water is very peaceful to me. Every night it seemed as though the sun was gliding into the river for a swim. Twilight Comes Twice is a beautiful book both illustratively and written about darkness and dawn. It approaches twilight from a poetic perspective using sensory language, imagery, and personification to illustrate in words what takes place when the sun rises and sets. The serene and muted illustrations in shades of orange and yellow capture the ambience of the sun’s movement. The author, Ralph Fletcher, uses images and language that children can relate to.
Fletcher begins with the sentence “Twice each day a crack opens between night and day” which allows the reader to view sunset and sunrise differently. He then proceeds to personify night and day by having them “stand whispering secrets before they go their separate ways.” Since night and day have to have time to talk, daylight is not instantaneous which would help children understand the sun rising slowly. His descriptive writing includes alliteration which is a primary reading skill that draws children into the story. Such phrases as “Dusk deepens,” “millions of mosquitoes,” and “dawn drinks up…darkness” stick with children and are easily repeated. Children are able to make connections to his imagery, too. For example, “Slowly dusk pours the syrup of darkness into the forest.” Most children are familiar with syrup, so they are able to conjure up the image of syrup being poured over trees and sky. On the other hand, dawn is also being compared to a seed since it “will grow into daylight” which helps children understand why it takes time for the sun to rise just like a seed forms into a plant. Then dawn is personified as “dawn erases the stars from the blackboard of night” again making a connection to something children are familiar with and comparing dawn to it.
Parents and children will enjoy this book for years to come.
Read information about the authorRalph Fletcher is a friend of young writers and readers as well as writing teachers. He has written or co-authored many books for writing teachers includng Writing Workshop: The Essential Guide, Teaching the Qualities of Writing, Lessons for the Writer's Notebook, Boy Writers: Reclaiming Their Voices, and Pyrotechnics on the Page: Playful Craft That Sparks Writing. Ralph has worked with teachers around the U.S. and abroad, helping them find wiser ways of teaching writing.
Ralph's many books for students include picture books (Twilight Comes Twice, Hello Harvest Moon, and The Sandman), novels (Fig Pudding, Flying Solo, and Spider Boy), poetry (A Writing Kind of Day and Moving Day), and a memoir, Marshfield Dreams: When I Was a Kid. His novel Uncle Daddy was awarded the Christopher medal in 2002. He has also written a popular series of books for young writers including Poetry Matters, Live Writing, and A Writer's Notebook. Ralph lives with his family in New Hampshire. He is a strong environmentalist who believes we all must work together to live in a more sustainable way. His other passions include travel, good food, dark chocolate, growing orchids, and sports.
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