Nancy Tafuri's acclaimed picture books for the youngest child include the Caldecott Honor Book Have You Seen My Duckling?; Spots, Feathers, and Curly Tails; I love you, Little One; and In the Snow, written by Sharon Phillips Denslow. She lives with her family in Roxbury, Connecticut.
PreS-K‘An excellent concept book, similar in quality to the artist's many pastoral picture books. Here, Tafuri uses a "flip-book" technique to show readers similar settings first from the point of view of the sun, and then from that of the moon (or vice versa). She provides a pleasant introduction to many opposites in scenes that will be familiar to a young audience‘busy/restful city and country scenes, awake/sleeping animals and children. Details from one picture transform themselves in the opposite, e.g., sunflowers, shown in a sun-drenched field, appear in a brightly lit florist's window, viewed from a dark and quiet city street. A spare and repetitious text reinforces the continuity and contrast of daytime and nighttime experiences. A detached perspective and a panoramic distancing of colored-pencil and watercolor illustrations allow viewers to feel as though they are indeed looking down on the cycles of time.‘Tana Elias, Meadowridge Branch Library, Madison, WI
"A charming evocative way to contrast night and day. The first half of the book, "What the Sun Sees, " shows bustling streets, busy barnyards, and noisy playgrounds. In "What the Moon Sees, " the child gets the moon's point of view: empty streets, quiet barnyards, and silent playgrounds. Many picture books try to show the liveliness of the nighttime world, but few capture its quietness so tenderly. This will make a lovely closing for toddler storytime and for bedtime, too."" Booklist"
"An excellent concept book, similar in quality to the artist's many pastoral picture books."" School Library Journal"