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In Nightsong, one little bat's fear of the dark is conquered in a trip through the world. Chiro the bat's sensible mother has some wise advice: to use his good sense. "Sense is the song you sing into the world, and the song the world sings back to you," she says. "Sing, and the world will answer. That is how you’ll see." This picture book turns an ordinary action into an extraordinary tale of overcoming fear and opening oneself up to new experiences. Chiro's adventures are brought to life with Ari Berk's poetic words and the breathtaking illustrations by Loren Long that so perfectly capture the idea of seeing through the darkness. Long is a two-time Golden Kite award winner and New York Times #1 bestselling illustrator who has illustrated many notable books, including Barack Obama’s Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters and The Little Engine That Could, which reached #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List. His work has appeared in Time, Sports Illustrated,Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal. He lives in Ohio with his wife and sons. Nightsong is appropriate for ages four and up.