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PreS-Gr 1In this bland fantasy, Daisy tries to get her stuffed animals to sleep, but they keep making demandsfor a picnic, toothbrushing, drinks, and a story. Finally, as Mouse tells a short bedtime story, Daisy falls asleep, and the animals become quiet. The text is comprised of short, declarative, easy-to-read sentences, and the constant use of "said Bear" and "said Pig," etc., makes for rather dull reading. The pen-and-ink and oil-paint illustrations employ a bright palette of blues, tans, pinks, and golds. Composition is varied, and the single- and double-page spreads effectively convey the action. The stylized, cartoonlike characters are well realized, particularly Daisy, whose expressions range from fatigued to exasperated to peaceful. While this is a serviceable bedtime tale for group or individual sharing, it cannot compare to Maria Polushkin's Mother, Mother, I Want Another (Crown, 1988), Eve Rice's Goodnight, Goodnight (Greenwillow, 1980), or Martin Waddell's Can't You Sleep, Little Bear? (Candlewick, 1992).Cynthia K. Richey, Mt. Lebanon Public Library, Pittsburgh, PA
Susan Dove Lempke
Daisy tries to settle her stuffed animals for the night, but sleep is the last thing on their minds. Bunny wants to finish planting carrots under the covers, Bear is starving, and the boisterous crew snack on a "bedtime picnic" of spaghetti, birthday cake, pickles, and other delicacies. Eventually, Daisy announces bedtime, but it's only after she falls asleep herself that her animal friends quiet down. Gerstein playfully contrasts text and art: the animals' activities are lively and imaginative, but their stuffed bodies are stiff and their faces inexpressive. This may make a better library pajama story time book than a goodnight book for children at home: kids in bed will want to try the activities with their own stuffed critters.
An amiable bedtime tale about a young girl who tries to get her stuffed toys to settle down at bedtime, even though none of them are sleepy.
Bunny, Mouse, Duck, Bear, and Pig all have demandsto finish planting seeds, have a picnic in bed, brush their teeth, and get drinks. After the tussle, they discover that poor Mouse has fallen under the bed and must be rescued by brave Daisy. Safe in bed, Mouse tells a story, Daisy falls asleep, and all the toys whisper goodnight. Gerstein (The Giant, 1995, etc.) works in a bold style, featuring close-ups of the animals and Daisy done in oil and pen- and-ink. The story will appeal to parents faced with active children at bedtime; listeners will recognize the ploys of the toys and be soothed.