Night Light: A Story for Children Afraid of the Dark

Illustrated by Kenneth Boyle
Pages: 32, Black & white
Size: 7 1/2" x 8 1/2"
Age Range: 3-7
Item #: 4414371
ISBN: 978-0-94535-437-6
List Price: $14.95
Copyright: 1991
Format: Hardcover
Other Format: Softcover
Availability: In Stock
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Fear of the dark is a common experience most of us outgrow — we don't know how. Parents know the fear usually stops, but children don't — they are simply afraid. The delightful and enchanting story line and whimsical illustrations in Night Light help images of fear change to those of interest, fun, and comfort as children learn to overcome their anxieties.

This beautifully illustrated fable features Kalispel, a little earth-dwelling creature. Kalispel lives underground with his darkness-loving family and friends and is afraid of only one thing: daylight. One day, with the help of his bold pal Digger the Rotomite ("Rotomites are always bold"), Kalispel learns to face the day and to see its mysterious beauty. Dutro's whimsical prose and Boyle's drawings give the book a fairy-tale mystery and appeal. Young readers will be inspired by little Kalispel, the underground creature who learns to outgrow his fear of daylight — a mirror for children who, in our world, are afraid of the dark.

About the Author
Jack Dutro, PhD, is an Ericksonian hypnotherapist, a marriage and family therapist, and a counselor at Grays Harbor College in Aberdeen, Washington.
About the Illustrator
Kenneth Boyle is an illustrator, sculptor, model animator, and art teacher in New York City.
Reviews & Awards

This imaginative, beautifully written book offers children a comforting perspective on fear of the dark. Dutro has appealed to children's fantasy and adventure to help them overcome fear.
—Bev Larson, PhD, director, Old Mill School, Inc., Corvallis, Oregon

Dr. Dutro has shared meanings and created images that will be valuable in relieving the fears and stresses of many children. He has woven a delightful story and a process of change into one enjoyable unit. Many night lights will take on a new desirable and therapeutic meaning as a result of this book.
—Jim Cole, PhD, psychologist in private practice and author of seven books