Dark Sparkle Tea: and other Bedtime Poems

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Bedtime poems to tickle kids' imaginations, nourish their love of language--and send them happily to sleep at bedtime. In this snappy, snoozy, collection, poet and father Tim J. Myers delivers poems to meet kids' every bedtime mood. Share sweet, silly, touching poems about the bedtime shenanigans of smelly baby skunks or electric-guitar-playing hamsters with luminous pastel illustrations that enhance the moonlit mood.

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Bedtime poems to tickle kids' imaginations, nourish their love of language--and send them happily to sleep at bedtime. In this snappy, snoozy, collection, poet and father Tim J. Myers delivers poems to meet kids' every bedtime mood. Share sweet, silly, touching poems about the bedtime shenanigans of smelly baby skunks or electric-guitar-playing hamsters with luminous pastel illustrations that enhance the moonlit mood.

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It is obvious beginning on the title page that the author has vast experience and knowledge of the bedtime routines parents try to perpetuate and the delaying tactics that children try to perpetrate. The 23 poems collected in this lovely bedtime title deal with the rambunctious approach to bedtime, the reluctant delayer, the sweetly drowsy, and the simply silly. I adore the skunk mother who praises her smelly offspring in "At the Skunks' House." She calls them "dear stenchlings" and "little stinkhearts" as well as telling them how "we're proud of how badly you stink." They are happy to go to bed in their rooms "full of fumes." This silliness is balanced with the truly beautiful poem "My Brother and Me" as two young boys climb the stairs and settle into their beds: "Like otters on waters, my brother and me, / little bears in their lairs asleep, / quiet and safe and dreaming / like otters a-snooze on the deep." The illustrations are muted, as is suitable for the subject matter, but also glowing and luminous in places—like glimpsing the stars through the curtained bedroom window. The poems are written with different rhythms, styles, cadences, and meters which keep them fresh and lively as the reader turns the page anticipating the next little gem. My only reservation about this title is the inclusion of "A Burglar Came on Saturday Night," which is actually quite funny as the dog bites the burglar's behind and scares him away, but sleepy time poems should, in my opinion, be aimed at helping little people face going to bed. This poem would be a wonderful addition to an older collection of poetry, where it would be greatly appreciated by the nine- to eleven-year-old group who find the ideaof a bad guy being bitten in the "rumpus" quite humorous. 2006, Boyds Mills Press, Ages 3 to 8.
—Sheilah Egan
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PreS-Gr 3-Through fresh and playful language, Myers explores a broad range of bedtime moods and subjects. In "What the Dad Said to His Kids at 8:23 on a School Night," children meet a funny, frustrated parent: "All right, you rambling roustabouts,/you leaping, quirking, twitching, ever-itching little rebel rodents-/get your waggly buns to bed!" Meanwhile, "At the Skunks' House," a mother sends her "stinkbugs, all cuddly and smelly" off to their "bushy-tail beds." "A Bed-Going Rhyme" is just right for little ones who are resisting the inevitable: "Nonny nonny nussknocker/Nonny nonny nore/Read them a story but/they want one more." The book also includes selections that will reassure young sleepers. In "My Brother and Me," two siblings settle down for the night ("Like otters on waters,/...quiet and safe and dreaming"), while another entry advises, "If you feel lonely in your bed,/then don't forget, my sleepyhead:/all night long, as darkness lulls,/you're sleeping with the Animals." From serene to wild, the moods of the verses are captured by Cunningham's excellent pastel illustrations, which range in style from realistic to whimsical. This lovely collection of tucking-in poems will have broad child appeal.-Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590782880
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim is the author of Tanuki-s Gift, a Nick Jr. Best Book of the Year. His fiction was read aloud by Daniel Pinkwater on National Public Radio. Tim lives in Santa Clara, California.

Kelley is a writer and an illustrator who lives in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. She says she brings to literary art in her first book "the wisdom of experience" - the nightly ritual of getting her three young sons settled down to sleep each night

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