Bedtime in the Jungle

Bedtime in the Jungle

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by John Butler
     
 

As nighttime approaches, mother animals and their babies are settling down for the night. A rhinoceros soothes one child to sleep, while a monkey makes a bed for her two babies and a leopard tucks in her three little ones. By the time readers arrive at the stunning gatefold illustration at the end of the story, a herd of ten elephant babies is nodding off, and

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As nighttime approaches, mother animals and their babies are settling down for the night. A rhinoceros soothes one child to sleep, while a monkey makes a bed for her two babies and a leopard tucks in her three little ones. By the time readers arrive at the stunning gatefold illustration at the end of the story, a herd of ten elephant babies is nodding off, and silence finally settles over the jungle. Perhaps other little eyes will begin to close as well. Written in the style of the familiar children's song, "Over in the Meadow," John Butler's richly illustrated rhyming story will satisfy and comfort readers of all ages.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
Readers count jungle animals one through ten, getting closer to sleep with each one, in this gorgeously illustrated, gently rhyming book. The first pages set the scene, observing that "It was sunset in the jungle,/And the sky was streaked with red./The animals were calling./It was nearly time for bed�" One rhino baby lies down quietly with her mother. "�Sleep,' said her mother. �I'll sleep,' said the baby." Next, two monkeys rest with their mother. Then, three leopards snuggle with their mother. Four wolves nestle, and so on until ten elephant babies dream with their mother underneath the stars. The text follows a purposefully and not overly rhythmic format. A rhyming quatrain on the left sets the scene. A second rhyme occurs in two parts: part one is a verbal exchange between mothers and children across the top of the illustration, while the second part is a summary remark at the bottom of the page (e.g., "And they slept in the jungle, as the day was almost done.") The illustrations are highly detailed, showing Butler's skill as both a researcher and an artist. They convey a sense of thoughtful balance and continuity, as the opening page-spread shows a moon low in the sky on the left, while the final spread shows it high in the sky on the right. The first two-page jungle scene is a general comment about the animals there, which includes an owl. The final two-page jungle scene is a similarly summative comment about the animals at night, but the solitary owl is again shown. This is the perfect book for a parent to share with a drowsy child, and it is one that children will soon request again and again. In short, it is absolutely lovely. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green
School Library Journal
PreS-K—The sun is setting in the jungle, and animal mothers are gathering their babies close to settle them for the night. Each mother encourages her little one(s) to go to sleep with soft words of comfort in this counting book, beginning with a rhino saying, "Sleep" to her one baby, a monkey softly urging, "Rest" to her two babies, etc., until finally, elephants assemble their ten babies to rest by the river, as shown in a foldout. The song "Over in the Meadow" is the inspiration for the book's verses. What distinguishes this title is its stunning illustrations. The story begins with a hint of daylight in the background, and with each subsequent spread the sun gradually sets in tones of pink, lilac, violet, and then deep blue as the moon gently rises and stars appear in the night sky. The animals are depicted in their natural settings in soothing shades that are sure to bring about the calm that encourages sleep. A lovely addition.—C. J. Connor, Campbell County Public Library, Cold Spring, KY
Kirkus Reviews
Following the format of the familiar "Over in the Meadow," this gently illustrated book is a calmer version of those that have recently been published. As the sun sets, a rhino settles her child down for sleep and a monkey makes a bed for her two babies. "It was bedtime in the jungle, / And beneath a shady tree / A leopard tucked her paws / Around her babies three. / �Snuggle,' said their mother. / �We'll snuggle,' said the three. / And they snuggled up together, beneath the shady tree." And so the counting continues, through wolf, tiger, peahen, wild pig, duck, crocodile and elephants. In contrast to the original, which encourages actions and participation, this lulls listeners with words like nestle, cuddle, hush, settle and snooze. Nicely paired with the soporific text are Butler's realistic acrylic-and-colored-pencil illustrations. Soft colors and subtle textures lure readers into the scenery. Easily fitting the original tune, this is sure to send many little ones off to dreamland. (Picture book. 2-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781561454860
Publisher:
Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
306,623
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

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