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Once Upon a Northern Night, words by Jean E. Pendziwol and illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault

Once upon a Northern LightEvery line in this beautiful lullaby is peaceful, calming and mindful. Just like a lullaby should be. Once Upon a Northern Night is an ode to the wonder and the beauty of a snowy winter night and as we have embraced winter here in Scotland we have really enjoying snuggling down with this book.

Once upon a northen night cosy readingAs a child lays sleeping the first signs of snow poetically fall until the earth is covered in a white blanket. Pendziwol transports us to a world of the great outdoors at night. She welcomes us to the animals. To the mother deer and her fawn, to the great grey owl, the snowshoe hares, the auburn fox and the teeny mouse. And she paints a picture of a world in white and magic transcends.

A Mother deer led her fawnWith careful descriptions and gentle, reassuring illustrations from Arsenault the calmness of the night transudes from each page. Once Upon a Northern Night is a serene bedtime read.

Two snowshoe haresAs much as we love reading the book together, Florence also likes to snuggle down and watch this lyrical adaptation. The music is so soothing.

reading Once upon a Northern LightThere is something very special about this book. It would make a wonderful addition to a child’s library. Once Upon a Northern Night is available in all good bookstores or on Amazon (US) and (UK).

Sweet reading,

Vanessa xx

p.s. In these photos Florence is wearing her new Babaa jumper that I picked up for her at the ShopUp last month. It’s a cosy new favourite!


Comments (4)

Esther in Amsterdam
January 27, 2016

Beautiful! Thank you Vanessa! (Love the jumper on her!) xxx

Vanessa in Scotland
January 28, 2016

She’s loves her jumper too! And her Babaa hat has been passed around the family now. We all fight for it in the mornings! xx

January 28, 2016

Thank you Vanessa for your recommendation! Just ordered the book. May I also ask you where your beautiful couch is from (I struggle to find something similar).

Vanessa in Scotland
January 28, 2016

I’m so pleased you’ve ordered the book. You will love it! We bought the couch in South Africa a long time ago (pre-children, hence the cream). Now it’s full of kiddie marks but we love it so much we don’t want to part with it! Sorry I can’t be more helpful. xx

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