Books by Peter Shostak - When Nights Were Long

When Nights Were Long


Although days start to get shorter after June 22, this phenomenon is not really noticed until late September or early October. For a child growing up in Western Canada, the length of day is usually measured by the amount of daylight that exists from the moment one gets home from school until it gets too dark to continue most activities outside. Noticeably, this period of time rapidly decreases, culminating in the period between November and February, when there really is very little or no daylight.

For most children, outdoor activities are a very important part of their lives. Not only are they required to attend to daily chores,but most play takes place within their immediate farm environment.

Peter Shostak's paintings and text are based upon such experiences; hence, the title for this publication. Growing up on a farm, before the intrusion of television, meant that everyone was more responsible for his or her own entertainment. As a result, one's family unit was very important. Neighbours were a mile or so away. Your brothers and sisters were your playmates and, if it was not too cold, your playroom was the outdoors. Much time was spent working and playing by the light of the moon and stars.

ISBN 0-9691180-0-7, $19.95 cl, 9.5 x 9.5, 48pp, full-colour throughout, second printing